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How to Ask Better Questions

The AE&L Conference ReMix Challenge Teams used the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) from the Right Question Institute (RQI) to stimulate inquiry. Utilizing this proven method allowed them to make meaning together and organize their project work. Questions formulated and prioritized by the team members were used to find resources, gather data, and apply information in order to answer their guiding question(s) or solve the problem(s) they identified. As you read through their project work highlighted in the articles throughout this PROGRESS issue, you will be able to see how important it was to ask the right questions to move them forward throughout the project process.

QFT “ helps all people create, work with, and use their own questions—building skills for lifelong learning, self- advocacy, and democratic action”. Take a look at the RQI website for free educational tools designed to help you ask the right questions in order to move into action, even in a virtual environment.

Also, hear from Region 10 ESL Specialist, Debbie Tuler, in her 2019 PROGRESS article (p. 12) where she demonstrates how she successfully uses the QFT in both her ESL classes and with instructional staff for professional development. Using this technique has transformed her practice and it can help guide your future efforts as well.