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Here’s a text-only version of our October 2020 newsletter:
Resources for remote teaching and learning
We wanted to make sure you saw some new(ish) resources for using the Question Formulation Technique that might have slipped your notice.
- Assessing Which EdTech Tools To Use With QFT
- Virtual QFT: 3 Tips for Getting Started
- Make Your Own: Virtual QFT Kits
Find more resources at rightquestion.org
“Why Vote?” A lesson plan
With a week and a half until Election Day, there’s a lot of talk about voting. We’ve developed a nonpartisan lesson plan around that topic. It combines the Question Formulation Technique with our “Why Vote?” Tool. It allows students to name for themselves issues they care about, and they draw connections between those issues and decisions made by elected officials. It also gives students space to ask questions about voting.
There’s still time to have conversations about voting
People around the country are eager to make their voices heard this November through voting. This election season we’ve had the opportunity to connect with lots of great organizations doing important work to make sure that happens. There’s still time to strengthen people’s motivation and determination to vote! Here are some resources that might help:
Webinar recordings available
If you missed one of our recent webinars, don’t fret. You can find the recordings here (links are toward the top of each page):
- Make It Virtual; Take It Anywhere: Adapting the QFT to New Environments
- The RQI “Why Vote?” Tool: Self-Advocacy for LGBTQIA+ Youth Voters
- The RQI “Why Vote?” Tool: Reaching More Voters in Low-Income Communities
QFT in Chinese
We have translated free Question Formulation Technique resources into 10 languages, not including English. The newest are in Chinese.
What we’re reading
Here are some stories that caught our attention and made us think.
- How a 2nd-Grade Class Sent a Science Experiment to Space — New York Times
- Learning About Christopher Columbus By Putting Him on Trial — KQED’s MindShift
- Should We Screen Kids’ Genes To ‘Predict’ How Successful They’ll Be in School? — The Hechinger Report
- Is the Election Still a Teachable Moment? — Education Week
- Family Diaries and Chronicling America — TPS Teachers Network
- ‘We Needed Some Food’: Seven Months into Pandemic, Families Struggle To Meet Basic Needs — USA Today
- Journalism in Action — PBS News Hour EXTRA
- Learning to Dance Made Me A Better Writing Teacher — National Council of Teachers of English
The Right Question Institute brings resources for learning to educators, students, and schools. It also shares resources for building self-advocacy skills with individuals, families, and communities — skills all people can use to meet their needs. RQI is a small nonprofit that is committed to making resources available for free. Your support matters. If you’re able to make a donation, your gift will help us reach more teachers, students, and communities. You can make a difference. Visit rightquestion.org to make a donation.