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Ask "why" with a partner until you hit a "dead end" in order to determine where you might be "stuck" (a good place to be) in your thinking.

Ask "why" with a partner until you hit a "dead end" in order to determine where you might be "stuck" (a good place to be) in your thinking.

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Karen commented on Fail in front of your students

I'm sometimes baffled at how failing in front of students is a huge paradigm shift for teachers. Helping learners become accustomed to failure and thus iteration is a constant challenge, but completely worth the effort. I'm currently struggling with developing creative confidence in my students. I think I need to be giving kids more time to stare at, wonder about and tinker with tools before giving them a design challenge. Some learners are stuck at just getting going; let alone failure.
Thanks for the post as it was a great reminder for modeling thinking for kids. -KQ

Robin,
I'm also a great fan of reinventing staff meeting time. A really great idea. I feel like I'd need to spend more time learning about the Socratic method to facilitate this at my building. I know there's resources available...this is just the motivation I need to start learning more. Thanks for sharing.

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Karen commented on It's not failure; it's your launch into iteration.

Hi Niranjan,
Your four critical thinking prompts are useful and practical. They seem like a good quick reference to encourage kids to pause and think. I could these being a good "in the pocket" guide for kids as they don't go as deep as the Edmund Feldman formalized method. Thanks for sharing! I absolutely agree we need to keep it fun!