This video shows how the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) may be used to formatively assess students’ understanding of a concept or their knowledge of a topic. Educators can use the QFT to formatively assess their students at the beginning of a unit (as seen in this video), in the middle of the unit, and towards the end of the unit. There are other creative ways to use the QFT, including summative assessment (see: Making Questions Flow to read more about how to use students’ questions).
Lucy Canotas, a 4th grade teacher in Manchester, NH, is shown using the QFT for formative assessment purposes. “I’m interested to see what they can bring as questions to make me understand where they’re still stuck or what they still don’t know.” To elicit students’ questions about fractions, she designed a visual Question Focus (QFocus). She found that using the students’ questions and work helped her better understand what students knew about this mathematical concept. Watch the video to see each step of the QFT in an elementary school class, and learn more from Lucy and her students about how the QFT yields invaluable information for teachers as they fine tune their lessons and instruction.