Library teacher Kendall Boninti and Instructional Technology Specialist Nicole Hart share how they use the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) to engage students learning English as a second language in inquiry and project based learning. They also share their best practices for making the QFT work well with English Learners.
High School (9 – 12)
In “the most rewarding first day in 30 years,” a calculus teacher presented students with some curious graphs, and students learned to “discuss mathematical information without any fear ” by using the Question Formulation Technique.
In this lesson snapshot, a 12th-grade AP English class discovers the dark history of convict leasing while reading Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Struggling at first to situate this often forgotten piece of history, students pause to examine a series of primary source photographs from the Library of Congress.
Leading up to the 2020 election, a history teacher in New Hampshire used the “Why Vote?” Tool to spark a discussion about policy, governance, and voting. “I could start to see the light go on in their heads,” he said of his students.
Johnny Walker, a high school history teacher in Los Angeles, used RQI's "Why Vote?" Tool to develop a lesson plan around voting, and he is "overwhelmed and humbled" by the results.
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