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.