Question Formulation Technique & Genius Hour

Thank you to Washoe’s STEM Coordinator Kelly Barber for telling me about I had emailed and asked about getting started with a Genius Hour in my classroom and she suggested I take a look at the website. This got me to the Right Question YouTube page and a webinar they did on getting started with QFT—Question Formulation Technique.

If this is something you have considered, the short 25 minute webinar proves to be a really strong overview. It gives you the steps for the process, the evidence to support QFT, and suggestions for implementation. This is certainly not an easy lift but having a starting place helps. You can find the webinar here.




About Aaron Grossman

I am a 5th grade teacher at Roy Gomm Elementary in Reno, Nevada. I started working with elementary students as part of the Montana Reads program and AmeriCorps. In 2001, after graduating from the University of Montana and moving to Reno, Nevada, I student taught at Rita Cannan Elementary before receiving a 6th grade position at Veterans Elementary. I moved out of the classroom to be a Literacy Coordinator, then an Instructional Coach, and finally a School Improvement Program Coordinator. In 2011, I began working on the Nevada Academic Content Standards in the district’s Curriculum & Instruction Department. I returned to the classroom for the 2015-2016 school year to teach 4th grade at Huffaker Elementary. Before returning to the classroom, I helped develop the Core Task Project that has been featured by National Public Radio, the Gates Foundation, American Radio Works, Eduwonk, the Fordham Institute, Vox, and the Center for American Progress. In 2014, I received the Leader to Learn From Award for my teacher-centered initiative and work to bring college, career, and civics ready outcomes into Northern Nevada classrooms (here). In 2015, I was appointed by Governor Sandoval serve on the Statewide RPDP Council. The same year, Nevada’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction Steve Canavero placed me on the state’s State Improvement Team. This year I will be part of the National Council on Teacher Quality’s Teacher Advisory Group. I am Google Certified Educator and a Nevada Teacher Ambassador. I believe strongly that teaching content is teaching reading and I make sure my students have ample opportunities to work with social studies, history, science and art outcomes. I do what I can to blend the learning for my students and this blog is part of that effort. You can contact me at
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1 Response to Question Formulation Technique & Genius Hour

  1. Joy Kirr says:

    This short post has a lot of “umph” to it! Thank you for sharing – I’ll be checking out that webinar. In the meantime, I added your post to the Genius Hour / 20Time LiveBinder here: 😀

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