September 30 - 2013

Today students wrote about their favorite and/or least favorite/confusing/concerning part of the first chapter of their "text", HOW TO BE INTERESTING.  We discussed the importance of          looking at the frame of reference you use when taking in new information.  We noted that it can be challenging  to hear a new message if we are not willing to risk  trying on a new frame of reference.  We noted the connection to learning new information at school.  This exercise also allowed us to explore the importance of moving beyond the convenience of "literalism".  Sometimes we choose to interpret a message in a way that allows us to do what we want without having to push ourselves to do what was asked.  Most students seem to connect to the brief story I modeled about the two siblings in the back seat of the car "not touching each other" after mom asked them to "stop touching."