Student reflections from 2021
It’s a time of year to look back and reflect. And that got us thinking: There’s a reason the last step of the Question Formulation Technique is to do some reflecting. Students think about what they’ve learned, but also how they’ve learned. RQI’s team collected some great student reflections about questioning from this past year. Here’s what they learned:
Top 10 QFT resources of 2021
We want to send all of you best wishes for the new year! In 2021, people from 212 countries and territories visited our website, and here are the 10 most popular Question Formulation Technique resources of the year.
- The QFT on One Slide
- QFT PowerPoint Template
- Steps of the QFT & Video Guide
- An Introduction to Question Focus Design
- Using the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) for Formative Assessment
- QFT Small Group Worksheet
- Lesson Planning Workbook
- Question Formulation Technique Worksheet
- My QFT Journey: Putting Students’ Minds into Motion with their Questions
- The Question Formulation Technique (QFT) in a High School Science Class
A story about legal empowerment
The recent issue of Social Innovations Journal has a story about Lia (not her real name), a young mother living in a homeless shelter and struggling to fight for custody of her baby. A legal services social worker was able to use RQI’s resources to support Lia — helping her build skills to advocate for herself and navigate the legal system. Read the article by our Legal Empowerment Program director, Naomi Campbell.
What we’re reading
Here are some stories that caught our attention.
- Four Things You Need To Know About the New Reading Wars — The Hechinger Report
- Teaching with Music from the Voices Remembering Slavery Collection — Teaching with the Library of Congress
- A Surprising Reason Keeping Students From Finishing College: A Lack of Transportation — The Hechinger Report
- For Kids Grappling with the Pandemic’s Traumas, Art Classes Can Be an Oasis — KQED’s MindShift
Upcoming learning opportunities
Starting Feb. 1: Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Primary Source Questions
Feb. 3, 10, and 24: Teaching Students to Ask & Use Their Own Questions with the Question Formulation Technique (QFT). In partnership with Chapters International.
March 11, 18, and April 1: Teaching Students to Ask & Use Their Own Questions with the Question Formulation Technique (QFT). In partnership with Chapters International. Note, dates are March 12, 19, and April 2 in Pacific-region time zones.
Support legal empowerment, donations are matched
As 2021 comes to a close, the Right Question Institute is focusing on legal empowerment. For people facing eviction, experiencing domestic violence, fighting discrimination, or dealing with other legal issues, the legal system is often disempowering and disorienting. Our Legal Empowerment Program teaches methods to help people navigate the legal system and have a voice in decisions that affect them. A generous donor is matching (up to $50,000) all gifts to RQI’s legal empowerment work dollar-for-dollar. That means a donation of any amount is worth double. Your support makes a difference, and right now it makes double the difference.