The Power of “I Don’t Know”

By:  Heather Wolpert-Gawron

class read“The role of teaching has evolved. No longer are we the carriers of knowledge, giving it to students and assessing if they can repeat facts successfully. We are, instead, tasked with teaching students how to find answers themselves.

And it all starts with a simple three-word phrase: I don’t know.

Adopting a comfortable “I don’t know” attitude is far more accurate for what we need to do as educators then pretending we know it all. It sounds counterintuitive, I know. After all, in many job interviews, “I don’t know” stereotypically shows a lack of experience in the field, right? (I would argue that this is also starting to evolve, however.)

But in school where every client is a work in progress, we need to cultivate a certain excitement in not knowing something. Modeling an excited “I don’t know” attitude is the brass doorknob that opens the portal to finding answers together.” To read further please click here:

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