support Students' discovery of their own solutions

Ask SOARR-ing Questions

Stretch awareness

Helping kids notice seemingly separate parts of life enlivens their natural curiosity and holds their attention.



Open-ended

Questions that invite more than one right answer invariably spark engagement within Shared Thinking Circle Times. (Engagement enlivens more neuronal activity, which is the physiological marker for increased learning.)



Age-appropriately challenging

  • Challenges aid growth.
  • Growth builds the confidence required for taking on more challenges.
  • Purposeful unpredictability is a form of challenge that leads to sustained attention and engagement.



Relevant

A curriculum is relevant only to the extent it touches the inner lives of our students' emotions, aspirations, imaginations, fears, resentments, moral values, curiosities, ideals, and their sense of order.



Respectful

When kids pick up the unspoken 'message' that we see their ability to articulate actionable answers, they invariably meet, and often exceed, our expectations... to everyone's maximum advantage.  


The quality of our LISTENING is also an essential element of our expression of respect.

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