Have your kids try this today.

Want to get them up and moving?  Want to see what’s on their minds?  Want to spark a little creativity?

Try this.

Set a timer for 1 minute.  Have the kids look around the room at everything, including you and each other.  Have them generate 5 questions. Then give them 10 minutes to find the answers to those questions.  Then have them share their favorite question and answer combination with the class.

Questions like:  How do you make a window?  Where do those learning target things come from?  When did you start drinking coffee?  What is that kid’s name over there?  Why is that class on the other side of the wall always laughing so much? Why are we doing this?

Of course you could direct the type of questions to be about content.  Questions like: is anybody else confused about number 12?  I’d love to share my ideas about finding slope, anybody interested? How did the order of the amendments happen?  How tall was Abraham Lincoln?  How tall was his hat?

You could refer to homework.  You could refer to an upcoming piece of content.  And of course, you probably need to set some kind of expectations for the appropriate types of questions. Ones that don’t hurt anybody or embarrass anybody.

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Author: Jeff Nelson

Jeff Nelson Fife School District Assistant Superintendent:Teaching-Learning-Innovation 36 years as an educator. 16 years teacher 3 years assistant principal 12 years principal 5 years Assistant Superintendent BA, Washington State University MAEd, Washington State University Previous member of AWSP Legislative Committee Previous member of UW Tacoma PEAB, Administrative Certification Established and maintained Fife’s first website for 7 years Present work includes establishing the first Teaching/Learning/Innovation department in the Fife School District. Examples of responsibilities include: teacher/administrator professional development, assessment, TPEP, curriculum/materials review, 24 credit requirement, technology levy leadership, teacher/administrator bargaining. Initiatives underway in Fife, as a result of new TLI Department: AVID, OER, Curriculum and Materials reviews, Student Perception Pilot with CSTP, Google Expedition Cofounder of Educational Internet Communications, LLC. Marketed and sold one of the first online grade checking programs in the US. Consulted with Seattle Educational Internet Company for 2 years. jnelson@fifeschools.com twitter.com/jeffnelsonTLI

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