Facilitate Student Curiosity and Engagement

The skill of question asking is far too rarely deliberately taught in school. We have worked with and learned from educators to develop a teaching strategy, the Question Formulation Technique (QFT), which provides a simple yet powerful way to teach students how to formulate, work with, and use their own questions.

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Experiencing the QFT

This guide describes the key components of the QFT and includes a template that will allow you to experience the…

Introducing the QFT into Your Classroom Practice

This PowerPoint will help you prepare for introducing your students or colleagues to the QFT. It includes all the steps…

Steps of the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) & Video Guide

Detailed steps of the QFT and links to video footage for corresponding steps.

Private: Better Questions, Better Decisions Voter Engagement Workshop

How can students discover for themselves the value of voting? Too many decisions by elected officials are hidden from view…

The Question Formulation Technique in Action

This video shows a 12th-grade humanities teacher, Ling-Se Chesnakas, using the QFT with her class in Boston. Ling-Se used the QFT to prepare students for a Socratic seminar and help them with a writing assignment about the book "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," by Junot Diaz.

Asking Questions in the Age of Google Webinar

The Question Formulation Technique (QFT) is a strategy that 250,000 educators worldwide are using to teach students how to formulate…

My QFT Journey: Putting Students’ Minds into Motion with their Questions

My QFT Journey: Putting Students’ Minds into Motion with their Questions
Helping my students find their voice through questioning has led directly to their academic achievement. The level of student growth over the last five months has been unbelievable.

Making Questions Flow

Making Questions Flow
Are questioners born or made? What happens to the “born questioners” when they enter school at 5 years old? Do…

“How does the sun’s power get into you?” Using the QFT to Explore Energy with First Graders

“How does the sun’s power get into you?” Using the QFT to Explore Energy with First Graders
What I like about the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) process is that it provides an opportunity for my first graders to ask their questions without feeling insecure or judged on their prior knowledge.

Build STEM Skills and Nurture Students’ Scientific Curiosity With the Question Formulation Technique

Build STEM Skills and Nurture Students’ Scientific Curiosity With the Question Formulation Technique
Science does not simply begin with questions — science is an ongoing process that begins, persists and ends with questions.…

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Asking questions is a step in creating change.

In the world of sales, being able to ask the right questions is more valuable than producing the right answers. Unfortunately, our schools often have the opposite emphasis. They teach us how to answer, but not how to ask. The folks at the Right Question Institute are trying to correct that imbalance. They’ve come up with a method that educators can use to help students learn to ask better questions—and that can assist even those of us who graduated back in the twentieth century.

Sometimes, I have a lot of questions, and this way I can express those without being judged… I get to learn a lot more.

…it wouldn’t be hard to supercharge the Question Formulation Technique with big questions. Teachers could choose Question Foci with big understandings in mind. Learners could include criteria related to insight, action, ethics, and opportunity as they sort their questions for importance. The main point is this: putting learners in charge of questions.

I do think that the QFT process did open up students to be inquisitive, reflective thinkers, and these characteristics permeated into how students approached learning in any content area or aspect of school.

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