Biography and Bioethics: 9th Graders Ask Questions about the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

It all began with a question. For writer and journalist Rebecca Skloot, it was a question she asked as a high school student in a college biology lecture that launched her into a decades long research and writing process that eventually became the New York Times Bestseller, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. After a […]

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 […]

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 .

Out of the Dust: A Teacher’s Reflections on Getting Students to Ask Questions in Literacy

This post is the last in a series of guest blogs by Robert Welch on how he utilizes the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) in his curriculum around the novel Out of the Dust. To see his previous blogs click here.  Ultimately , students left their experiences reading and discussing Out of the Dust with a good of […]

Elevating Socratic Seminar by Having Students Ask The Questions

“…this was clear evidence that the QFT was a process that students viewed as an authentic and effective tool for their learning, not just something that their teacher was making them do.” In our last weekly post from the field, educator Robert Welch describes how his students embrace the Question Formulation Technique and use it […]

Controversy as Catalyst for Questioning: Students Question the Rolling Stone Cover after Marathon Bombing

This Tuesday, our weekly post from the field comes from Matt Parrilli (on RQI Network @mparrilli), an English department chair in Illinois. Why do they make him look like a celebrity?” “Was the date and location of the bombing significant to him?” “What did his family do to fail him?” “Does where he comes from […]

Building Student Engagement in a Special Education Classroom

This is a guest post by Esther Lee As a special education teacher in New York City, I had gotten used to my heterogeneous classroom of kids.  Last year, however, I was taken aback by my classroom that consisted of 9 to 12 year olds, with mild to severe disabilities of various kinds.  I had […]