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, called the Question Formulation Technique (QFT), that 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 QFT & Video Guide

Steps of the 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 12th grade humanities teacher Ling-Se Chesnakas using the QFT with her class in Boston, MA. Ling-Se used the QFT so students could prepare for a Socratic seminar, and to help students with their writing assignment on 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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Just when you think you know all you need to know, you ask another question and discover how much more there is to learn.

I have seen students that are on IEPs or been receiving Title 1 support excel in the classroom when participating in the QFT. I would have never discovered what was going on in their brain if we didn’t allow for this opportunity.

A principal point of big questions is to inspire learners to ask them as well as pursue them. Make Just One Change by Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana puts this agenda front and center. Their subtitle telegraphs the ‘one change’: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions.

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

For me, their questions and the young man’s comment made my day. I wanted the students to own the class. I wanted them to have a say in what we learn and how we learn it. After using the QFT just one time, I was already noticing a change in the engagement of my students.

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