Stimulating Student Curiosity with the QFT (Question Formulation Technique)


Click link to: Megan Myones Portfolio | Click link to: Mini-Course Background Info | To return to Spring ETAP 623 click here.

Stimulating Student Curiosity with the QFT (Question Formulation Technique)

  • Are you looking for new and innovative ways to stimulate student curiosity?
  • Would you like to encourage divergent thinking and enhance deeper learning?
  • Would your students benefit from learning how to ask better questions and participate more effectively in decision-making?
  • Are you searching for an innovative tool that would not only support discussion and decision-making in the classroom but also for areas outside of the education field?

If you answered yes to any or most of the questions above, then this course is for you!

What is the QFT?

Curious to know how to stimulate student curiosity by using the QFT? Watch the trailer below:

What will you learn in this course?:

In this mini-course, you will learn a variety of ways to implement the QFT and facilitate student curiosity on a given topic. This course is designed to demonstrate a strategy that is flexible to teachers of all content areas and grade levels.

Examples of Content Areas/Grade Levels Demonstrated In This Course:

  • Upper Elementary/Math Class
  • Middle School/Social Studies Class
  • High School/Science Class
  • BONUS FEATURE: Using the QFT for Stronger Parent and School Communication

NOTE: Please keep in mind that the QFT is designed to work for all content areas, not just the ones listed above in the examples. In addition, the QFT can be used to support other fields that require decision making, discussions, and leadership skills.

Performance-Based Objectives


After participating in this course, learners will be able to:

Remember: Learners will be able to recall the QFT steps and important concepts that will enable students to design powerful questions.

Understand: Learners will be able to understand the importance of each step and how it relates to the overall purpose of QFT.

Apply: Learners will be able to apply their understanding by following a sample QFT process following the perspective of a student.

Analyze: Learners will analyze examples and non-examples of sample Q focus strategies, question formulations, etc.

Evaluate: Learners will be able to evaluate sample questions with the support of using the "Generating Thoughtful Questions Rubric".

Create: Learners will be able to design their own QFT models which will enable students to formulate questions and promote meaningful learning.

Outline of Course

Unit 1: What is the QFT (Question Formulation Technique)?

Unit 2: Witnessing the QFT in Action

Unit 3: Implementing Best Practices with the QFT

Unit 4: Your Turn! Design Your Own QFT Lesson and Test It Out