#QuestionWeek: Getting to What Really Matters!

“The questions which one asks oneself begin, at least, to illuminate the world, and become one’s key to the experience of others.” – James Baldwin Though an occasionally clichéd sentiment, technology has truly revolutionized the ways people connect, communicate and learn. The internet has become a mecca for dynamic, though often mercurial, conversations on popular […]

Student Questions, Shifting Classrooms

by Erica DeVoe The past three books I’ve read changed me. Actually, they defined me. No wait, they articulated what I’ve always known myself to be, but I had yet to articulate it for myself… and that, that is what saved me. Grant Lichtman’s The Falconer, Warren Berger’s A More Beautiful Question, and Santana and Rothstein’s […]

Student Engagement as Accountability: “Our Goal is for Our Students to Own Their Learning”

by Greg Graham How can we hold our students more accountable for their learning? This is a common question heard in schools today.  We have asked this question many times in our own school.  Are we asking the right question?  Should we focus on student accountability or provide more opportunities for students to invest in […]

The Question Formulation Technique in Action

Here’s a clip from a video showing Boston students actively using the QFT. For the full video walking through the whole process, watch on the Educator Network .

Not Just Starting Point: Student Research & The QFT

by Quentin Flokstra As a high school humanities teacher in a small school, I do a lot of projects.  I like to foster in my students a quest to find interesting information and to understand the world that they live in.  As such, I spent a lot of time talking to our librarian about best research […]

Happy New Year from The Right Question Institute

As the year comes to a close, we at the Right Question Institute want to wish our friends and colleagues a year of good health, meaningful work, and great happiness. 2014 was a year of incredible momentum at RQI, and we look forward to sharing more news soon of what we are working on in […]

How Can Medical Students Learn to Ask Better Questions?

Lessons from a Harvard Medical School Conference on Medical Education Dan Rothstein | Co-Director, The Right Question Institute. I recently crossed the river from Cambridge to Boston to spend some time at Harvard Medical School listening to a slew of fascinating discussions about how to improve medical education. Harvard Medical School (HMS) deserves a lot of […]

It’s Their Class Now! Building Classrooms of Curiosity

“Just curious” It’s a statement that has been near and dear to my heart for as long as I can remember. “Does life on other planets exist? Just curious.” “Is the Bible a real history book? Just curious.” “What was life like in the Americas before the Europeans arrived? Just curious.” A couple of years […]

What are you wondering when you hear…?: Student Engagement in a Project-Based Learning Primary Classroom

Inquiry-based learning has been getting a lot of attention lately for student engagement and developing 21st Century skills.  Rather than being filled with teacher lectures, students are doing the research and driving the instruction.  A lot of schools are adopting PBL to embrace this type of learning in the classroom. This acronym can mean Project-Based […]

“So Much More to Learn”: Boosting Student Engagement in Middle Schoolers

Joshua Beer discovered the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) while searching for more ways to integrate questions into his classroom. A middle school social studies teacher, Beer greatly encourages and promotes questions in his classroom and wanted to do more to get his students engaged in asking their own questions. Beer has been using the QFT […]