I agree with this sentiment wholeheartedly. For me, all it takes to get me going is someone saying “Students can’t…” I find in my own teaching that when students are given the opportunity to try out ideas and solve problems in creative ways, they come up with (valid and interesting) solutions that I haven’t considered. This helps me learn and grow too!
When we pidgenhole our students (“Students can’t…”), and restrict what counts as success (“Well, **I** had to do it *this* way…”), we will always be disappointed by students who aren’t like us. And there are FAR MORE “not us’s” out there that there are students like us.

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