Three Ways to Engage Students and Liberate Original Thinking
(Originally titled “The Three No’s Students Want to Hear”)
“The Three No’s Students Want to Hear” by Rose Reissman in Education
Update, April 2016 (Vol. 57, #4, p. 7), http://bit.ly/1GpyuOr
this Education Update article, New York City writing coach Rose
Reissman suggests some specific messages teachers can send to get their
• There is NO single
correct answer to this question. Accepting the first student response
that’s correct shuts down discussion, says Reissman. Teachers should
solicit at least four different answers that offer different approaches.
There is NO template or desired format for this project. Teachers can
spark students’ creativity by saying there are multiple approaches to
meeting goals and objectives.
spoken answer is required. Students should feel free to think about an
answer in their head, write about it, or share it online or with an
elbow partner rather than feeling compelled to join the verbal scrum of
all-class discussions. “Not every student is a natural vocal speaker,”
says Reissman, “and many fear being called on.