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

by James Brewster I’m proud to serve as the U.S. History teacher at the Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy in Austin, Texas, a 6th-8th grade, Title I campus. My students don’t always see themselves reflected in the subject I teach and don’t always feel like they have agency in their learning. With that in […]

Free Library of Congress Webinar: Questions are the Engines of Intellect

  The Right Question Institute will be presenting a free webinar, “Questions are the Engines of Intellect”: How to Stimulate Student Curiosity and Questions, on October 26th for the Library of Congress’ Online Conference: Discover and Explore with Library of Congress Primary Sources. Sign up for free today to learn how to use students’ questions for teaching with primary sources, and read […]

St. Patrick Expelling the Snakes from Ireland: Using the QFT During Question Week

By Joshua Beer I have been enjoying Question Week and the extra reason to focus on students generating their own questions. We have used the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) all week in my classes, along with a few components of Project Zero’s Artful Thinking. Here is one example of a QFT I used. The Question Focus […]

Lincoln, Power, and the Question Formulation Technique (QFT)

By Daniel Fouts Where was the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) 23 years ago? When I began teaching social studies in 1993, I relied on teacher-generated questions to frame my government curriculum. After first reading about the QFT in the September/ October 2011 edition of the Harvard Education Letter, I changed the way I teach. I […]

@RightQuestion Digest: The Question Formulation Technique in Civics, Psychology, Social Studies, Pre-K, & More!

Educator Mary Ellen Daneels (@wego_civics) uses the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) with her high school civics students to delve deeper into contemporary political issues. The Question Focus: Funding for Planned Parenthood @CHSD94 civics loves @RightQuestion QFT to develop @C3Teachers supporting questions for inquiry! @NCSS_C3LC work — Mary Ellen Daneels (@wego_civics) February 6, 2016   […]

“What did people risk trying to get voting rights?”

Black history month is a great opportunity to celebrate the many accomplishments of Black Americans. It is also important to closely examine these accomplishments and their surrounding context. Black citizens’ voter registration rates were extremely low before the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Many southern states, including Mississippi, had procedures in place which institutionally oppressed Black […]

@RightQuestion Digest: The Question Formulation Technique (QFT) in Middle School

The Question Formulation Technique (QFT) in Middle School “How was space even created? O -> C Was space created by a gas nebula?” Monica Reilly (@DrMReilly1), an educator at Independence Middle School, Virginia Beach, VA, used the QFT in an eighth grade earth science class. Students developed their own questions about space exploration. The Question Focus […]

Not Just Starting Point: Student Research & The QFT

by Quentin Flokstra As a high school humanities teacher in a small school, I do a lot of projects.  I like to foster in my students a quest to find interesting information and to understand the world that they live in.  As such, I spent a lot of time talking to our librarian about best research […]

It’s Their Class Now! Building Classrooms of Curiosity

“Just curious” It’s a statement that has been near and dear to my heart for as long as I can remember. “Does life on other planets exist? Just curious.” “Is the Bible a real history book? Just curious.” “What was life like in the Americas before the Europeans arrived? Just curious.” A couple of years […]

“So Much More to Learn”: Boosting Student Engagement in Middle Schoolers

Joshua Beer discovered the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) while searching for more ways to integrate questions into his classroom. A middle school social studies teacher, Beer greatly encourages and promotes questions in his classroom and wanted to do more to get his students engaged in asking their own questions. Beer has been using the QFT […]