Are you new to the Question Formulation Technique (QFT)? Or maybe you want a refresher and some materials to share with colleagues?
You’re in luck! Here are some quick and easy resources for planning and facilitating a QFT-based lesson.
Watch the QFT in action
This nine-minute video provides a step-by-step depiction of how to run the QFT in a high school setting. In this video, students in a humanities class use the QFT to prepare for a Socratic seminar. You can see how the teacher introduces the lesson, facilitates the process, and guides students through each step.
The process is similar for other grade levels and academic subjects. You can find videos depicting the QFT in elementary and middle school, and in a science class, in our resources section at rightquestion.org.
Steps of the Question Formulation Technique
This three-page guide outlines each step of the QFT. Let’s not call it “a cheat sheet for running the QFT” (shh, that’s basically what it is). Instead, let’s say it’s an easy-to-follow roadmap that includes useful tips and links to the above-mentioned videos.
Lesson planning workbook
Using this workbook will help you tailor a QFT lesson to specific teaching and learning goals. With this workbook you’ll identify and articulate those goals, design a Question Focus, consider how students’ questions will be used, develop prioritization instructions, and create reflection questions.
Plug-and-play PowerPoint template
This PowerPoint template allows you to facilitate a QFT experience right out of the box. You just need one ingredient: a Question Focus. Insert your Question Focus into the PowerPoint slide on page six and you’re ready to go.
Bring your QFT game to the next level
If you’ve already done the QFT a few times and are looking for fresh ways to use it, this blog post by Jennifer Brickey, a teacher-librarian in California, offers some great ideas.
Also, check out this Teaching Channel series about the Question Formulation Technique. It features teachers from around the country who use the QFT in different situations.
You can find more tips, guides, workbooks, and ideas in the resources section of our website.