Sometimes students can be their own best teacher if they just have someone around to listen to the ideas they are coming up with. Of course, schools tend to allow very little time for such student reflection and even less time for teachers to just listen. Students rarely try out their thoughts on teachers because they know there is no possibility that the teacher would have the required time, the patience, and ability to reserve judgment. But when students are allowed to devise and pursue activities in which they are interested, they naturally generate ideas, hypotheses, and questions. They are ready to learn from their own ideas if we can find a way to help.
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