Video: The QFT and “Summative Assessment”

We are excited to present a great video demonstrating innovative use of the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) for summative assessment purposes. Joshua Beer’s students in his 8th grade class in a rural New Hampshire community do brilliant work working with this Question Focus as they come to the end of a unit of study: Questions […]

Questions or Answers. Questions and Answers.

My daughter, Ariela, a Global Studies teacher at East Brooklyn Community High School in New York and clever observer of interesting items in the Internet Galaxy, sent along a comic strip with her curator’s advice: “For RQI” (Right Question Institute). For RQI and how. Two characters from an unknown species sitting on a bench, two […]

Giving a TEDX Talk

A couple of months ago I gave the opening talk (14 minutes) for a day long TEDxSomerville (MA) event. There was a full house, more than 300 people, and, as I later found out, many of them were part of a burgeoning ‘creative economy‘ in the city. Somerville, I learned from one of the TEDx […]

A question is…a unique and potentially sophisticated instrument.

A question is more than the simple thing we might think it is – it’s a unique and potentially sophisticated instrument. – Leon Neyfakh in “Are We Asking the Right Questions” in the Boston Sunday Globe IDEAS section, May 20, 2012 Week in and week out, The Boston Sunday Globe IDEAS section offers one of […]

Make the Work Easier for Teachers: Teach Students to Think for Themselves

What do a middle school teacher in a challenging Atlanta public school and a Ph.D graduate student teaching undergraduate physics students at Harvard College have in common? They’re both working too hard.  We’ve heard from both of them and from many other educators that they wind up doing too much thinking for their students.  There may, in […]

The Lasting Value of the Voter Engagement Strategy for Election Day and Beyond

We have a guest blogger on the Microdemocracy Blog. Nathalie Alegre immigrated from Peru with her family when she was 17 years old. After attending community college in Miami, she transferred to Yale University and in 2008 received a B.A. in Environmental Studies and is currently engaged in environmental organizing in New Haven, CT. She’s been interviewing some of the great […]

“He Prizes Questions More Than Answers”

We’ve been so busy that we haven’t been able to set aside the time to write. But, the stories coming in are too compelling for us not to write, so we’ll get started again. Before we start writing about them, though, a short piece in yesterday’s NY Times helped spur me back to the keyboard. […]