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04 July 2012

I don't know...

Those are three words that drive me crazy in the classroom (and at home, too)! I completely understand that a student genuinely could be confused or needs additional support from me. However, I also recognize that even my best students have those "space cadet" moments in which they are more interested in what's happening out the window than in anything I am saying.

So, rather than having that awkward moment of silence, I have decided to give the kids some alternative answers to the "I don't know" that they tend to fall back on when they are confused or just not paying attention! I have seen something like this in another classroom, and I thought it was I thought I would try it for my kiddos!

I am making a display for the wall for the first few months of school, but I am also making smaller cards on a ring to put in each pod bucket for the kids to reference when they need to.

This is what they look like:

You can get a copy to use in your classroom here ! To make the smaller cards, I set my printer settings to print multiple pages per sheet of paper. I thought that 4 pages per sheet was the perfect size. I also recommend laminating them for protection!


  1. It drives me crazy too when kids tell me "I don't know". I love your idea of other things to say besides that. I am definitely downloading the posters. I just found your blog & I'm your newest follower! I look forward to following along! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  2. Thanks Lisa! And thanks for including your blog link as well. What fantastic ideas you have!!

  3. Lori!

    These are great! I am totally going to use them! I nominated your blog for an award! Come on by and pick it up!

    Blessings of Teaching