Making time to share and listen to everyone's ideas is a constant struggle in the classroom. Time constraints and short attention spans limit the amount of time we are able to spend on sharing new ideas, alternate solution strategies, and connections. I am a firm believer that creativity is born from constraint; thus, we have "thought bubbles."
Today we used our thought bubbles during math. I posed a "finding the difference" problem on the white board, and the students were to write if the easiest strategy to use would be counting up or standard subtraction. This added an element of novelty to our discussion, and allowed me to assess their understanding in real time.
Little people, big minds.