Episode 063: Question Formulation Technique (QFT) and NGSS with Annika Goodin


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Annika shares with us all about the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) create by the Right Question Institute. She walks us through the why and how and then shows us how it can be strategically used with NGSS to become even more engaging and effective. Including how to intentionally use the cross-cutting concepts. Lots of practical inspiring strategies shared here. All links and resources mentioned can be found in the shownotes.

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Show Highlights

  • 01:00 - 04:30     Introduction to Annika and Question Formulation Technique (QFT)
  • 04:30 - 11:30     How QFT works
  • 11:30 - 14:00     Examples of QFT in the classroom
  • 14:00 - 16:30     Scaffolding with QFT
  • 16:30 - 20:30     Using the cross-cutting concepts with QFT
  • 20:30 - 22:00     QFT for all grade-levels
  • 22:30 - 26:30     More ideas for how students can use their questions
  • 26:30 - 30:30     Before and after QFT

 Show Quotes 

"We really want to put students in that role of being scientists, of promoting inquiry and curiosity. It's just plain more fun to do it that. But I also think getting students to ask questions is an equity piece as well. It elevates student voice in the classroom. It can help provide some opportunity for student choice. It makes their learning in the classroom much more accessible. Also just through the process of asking questions, students are inherently self-evaluating and reflecting on what they do and don't know, and that's a really nice metacognitive piece that we know is key to learning as well." [2:40-3:20] Annika Goodin

"I just found that going through this process where student groups really made their own decisions was fun. It was more engaging and motivating for them to really make their own choices. And some of them discovered that the plan they had for the lab maybe didn't work so well, but we always go through that reflection process to say 'what would I do next time?'" [13:25-13:50] Annika Goodin


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