What you'll learn

  • Understand how and why the skill of question-asking is critical to student achievement and agency in and out of the classroom
  • Learn the art and science behind the Question Formulation Technique (QFT)
  • Study and discuss examples of how the QFT is being used to promote increased student engagement and deeper learning among all students
  • Identify ways the teaching of questioning skills can make classrooms more equitable for all learners
  • Design a lesson or unit with the QFT in your area of expertise

Course description

Introduced by former Dean James Ryan, Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions will be led by staff of the Right Question Institute (RQI), including Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana, RQI co-directors and co-authors of Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions, which has quickly become a classic pedagogical text for strengthening inquiry in all classrooms, from kindergarten through higher education. The workshop will offer a differentiated active learning experience in the Question Formulation Technique (QFT), a simple yet robust method for teaching students to ask better questions that was developed by Rothstein and Santana through years of trial and error and practice-based research.


  • Co-director of the Right Question Institute
  • Co-director of the Right Question Institute
  • Roy Edward Larsen Professor of Education and Human Development
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