While not originally intended as a quote for teachers, Donald Rumsfeld once said, “There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.” As a teacher, I am always looking for fun ways to help me identify the unknown unknowns of my students.
Today I watched an interesting video from the Teaching Channel (Thanks Karen Cowden for the share). The video is entitled, My Favorite No, and in it, Leah Alcala shares her non-digital (what Circles calls a Brick) strategy for identifying and celebrating things that students don’t know! What a great way to engage leaners and show them how to learn from mistakes. I can’t wait to spin this and add a little positive mindset praise. There are just so many things we don’t know, YET!