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 […]

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 […]

Elementary Students Driving their Learning by Asking Questions: An Interview with Deirdre Brotherson

an interview with Deirdre Brotherson by Mikah Farbo Earlier this month Deirdre Brotherson, a 5th grade teacher at Hooksett Memorial School in New Hampshire, took time out of her busy day to speak with me and share her experience with the Question Formulation Technique (QFT). Through our conversation, I learned how Brotherson’s use of the […]

Three and Four Year Old Students Learning to Ask Their Own Questions

By: Lisa Bernadino, Kristen Harvey, Andrea Serino, Kristen Sasso, Donna Rosso, & Margaret Adams “In early childhood classrooms, science based lessons are something that are often done, but not as often explored by students,” shares Kristen Harvey, Pre-Kindergarten teacher at the Franklin. The Franklin Early Childhood Center, part of the Melrose Public Schools in Massachusetts, serves approximately 300 three […]

Lincoln, Power, and the Question Formulation Technique (QFT)

By Daniel Fouts Where was the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) 23 years ago? When I began teaching social studies in 1993, I relied on teacher-generated questions to frame my government curriculum. After first reading about the QFT in the September/ October 2011 edition of the Harvard Education Letter, I changed the way I teach. I […]

InQuiring Minds: Reaching Deeper Learning Through Questions

This issue of inQuiring Minds focuses on problem-based learning and deeper learning as a result of asking questions.  The articles below underscore how individual- and group-led questioning relates to these two themes and ultimately, leads to a myriad of positive outcomes including increased engagement and greater understanding. In this article, The Critical Thinking Community highlights […]

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 […]

inQuiring minds #004

Hello everyone, and welcome back from what was hopefully a great Independence Day! inQuiring minds is back too, giving you a snapshot of our favorite blogs, articles, ideas, opportunities and interesting thought pieces we’ve discovered on the web this week. As always, please let us know what you think– share your comments below, post on […]