Communicative QAR

On my to-do list every day for the past three weeks has been to complete the next homework assignment for my Cooperative Learning/Social-Emotional Learning course. The class meets again on Saturday, so I'm running out of time to procrastinate! At the last class, we practiced several Kagan structures, including "One Stay, Two Stray" and "Inside-Outside … Continue reading Communicative QAR

Emotions Analysis

This is a great activity to use in order to (1) get more reps and (2) give your students critical thinking practice. It works best as a whole-group/discussion activity as opposed to an assessment because the discussion is the most valuable component--that's where students are honing their critical thinking skills. However, you could absolutely use … Continue reading Emotions Analysis

QAR is a reading strategy created by Taffy Raphael to help students understand the text better by becoming strategic readers. Learn about the four QAR types and how to teach them to your students and use them in your planning.


Note: I first heard about QAR in a workshop with Carol Gaab during our 2011 AFLA Conference. I began to dig into it and published this post soon thereafter. Imagine my surprise when my principal brought in consultant Susan Van Zant just two weeks after I published it, announcing to the staff that this would … Continue reading QAR