I had an interesting discussion with a friend the other day about the word No, and how often it is being said in schools. In all honesty, I am not sure how often I say no to a student, without even thinking about it. And this makes me wonder how many times I have stopped something incredible from happening, just because it hasn’t made sense to me at the time.
Some time ago I read an interesting blog post by an early childhood educator and saying no, but I can’t find it anymore. Its message though was very clear: Don’t just say no, ask why instead!
I could mention a million examples here, but I will let you think about it yourself, about your practice. Just as I am doing myself.
My small goal for after the half-term break is: Ask why, don’t just say no!