Inquiring Minds: Interview on Right Question Institute’s Conferences

“We learn just as much from educators who have used this strategy as they do from us.” Right Question Institute Education Project and Research Coordinator, Andrew Minigan, discusses the active, collaborative learning that educators experience in every Question Formulation Technique Professional Development session. Read Andrew’s full interview with Convene Editor in Chief Michelle Russell.

Education Talk Radio Interview with Luz Santana and Dan Rothstein

“We learned that the need was not to give them the questions but to develop the skills so that they could ask questions in all settings and situations.” Luz Santana and Dan Rothstein describe how lessons learned while working with low-income parents in Lawrence, MA led to the foundation of the Question Formulation Technique and ultimately […]

English Students Use the QFT to Drive AP-ready, SAT-ready, EPT-ready Learning

by Andrea Giordano-Rink In my 24 years of teaching high school English in the Sweetwater District in Southern California I have never used a strategy as powerful as the Question Formulation Technique (QFT). I am teaching Honors English 11 this year with a very unique set of students. These are the students, primarily, who have […]

My QFT Journey: Putting Students’ Minds into Motion with their Questions

by James Brewster I’m proud to serve as the U.S. History teacher at the Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy in Austin, Texas, a 6th-8th grade, Title I campus. My students don’t always see themselves reflected in the subject I teach and don’t always feel like they have agency in their learning. With that in […]

Free Library of Congress Webinar: Questions are the Engines of Intellect

  The Right Question Institute will be presenting a free webinar, “Questions are the Engines of Intellect”: How to Stimulate Student Curiosity and Questions, on October 26th for the Library of Congress’ Online Conference: Discover and Explore with Library of Congress Primary Sources. Sign up for free today to learn how to use students’ questions for teaching with primary sources, and read […]

ASCD Author to Author Video: Luz Santana – Partnering with Parents to Ask the Right Questions

In this video, Right Question Institute (RQI) Co-Director Luz Santana shares her thoughts and insights about RQI’s exciting work on school-family partnership and the newly published book she authored with Dan Rothstein and Agnes Bain, Partnering with Parents to Ask the Right Questions (ASCD 2016). Discussing the Right Question Strategy and how it can be a […]

Cultivating Curiosity by Deliberately Teaching Students How to Ask Questions by Andrew Minigan

In his piece for Education Week, Andrew Minigan, RQI Education Project and Research Coordinator, writes, “Question formulation is fundamental to cognitive development and how we learn from others, and yet it is a skill that is rarely developed in classrooms.” Read his post on the importance of deliberately teaching students how to ask questions.   […]

Response: Metacognition is a ‘Catalyst for Action’ by Dan Rothstein

In Larry Ferlazzo’s post on Ed Week, Right Question Institute Co-Director Dan Rothstein responds to the question: What is metacognition and why should teachers be concerned about it? Dan writes, “We need to begin to see metacognition less as an activity residing solely in the interior regions of the mind and see it more as a catalyst […]

My Learning Philosophy

By Nicole Cruz, RDH, BSDH It’s vital that I structure my classroom as a learning environment, and not just a teaching environment. The difference is simple: in a learning environment, the focus is on the students and their learning. In a teaching environment, the focus is on the knowledge of the teacher. The whole point […]

‘Partnering With Parents’ by Asking Questions – Interview with Education Week

“We soon observed that when parents learned to ask their own questions they quickly began to take a more active role in their children’s education, communicate more frequently with school staff and began to help their children in new ways.” Luz Santana, Dan Rothstein, and Agnes Bain interviewed about their new book, Partnering with Parents to […]