A Smile from My Day


I am one foot off the fence.  Each time I try something open-allowing students to share their thinking…I am amazed.  Not because they can think, not because they are crazy good at it – not that they actually enjoying thinking…that they want to think.  I am amazed its taken me so long to let go.

I have used “visual patterns” before but in a closed-sense.  I knew what I wanted them to see.  But what they see is not the same.  This week, I offered a simple pattern, with the intent to keep it open-letting their comments drive the discussion.

No big post here but a few smiles from my day because it was the “un-engageable students” who shared their thinking.


I don’t want to fail them as their teacher.  I want to be a difference maker for them.

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