Okay, I admit; this feels a little like cheating.
Every new post Mr. Spenser writes, I read. He teaches basically the same content I do, and the same kinds of kids. When I read some success, or struggle, he’s had, it helps me reflect and think about what’s working, or not, in our classroom.
So, the cheating part comes when I read one of his posts, and I want you to read it, too, word for word:
See, I know you, my students, can have these great discussions, too. I know there’s more to you than superficial posturing. I know you have a lot on your mind.
So–when we have an entry task, I will remind you again:
Let yourself think, and let others think. Like Mr. Spenser said, thinking doesn’t always look like working, but if you’re talking to others and not allowing them to think/work, then you’re not working. You know who you are.
When you are thinking, write it. The connections happen when we talk about our thoughts. We always do. There is hardly a moment when we don’t share out our thoughts about the entry task question, or we don’t take it someplace for our learning.
I hate to see good brain cells go to waste.