uncertainty into our classrooms?
I hope you now have some idea of
the potential benefits of doing so, and
understand that reaping those benefits
requires a change in how we think
about uncertainty. It also requires a
shift in how we do things, including
being willing to unplan our lessons,
incorporate complex challenges
into our curriculums, explore previously solved problems with students,
and give students opportunities to
respond to community needs through
Many other good things may come
from welcoming uncertainty into our
classrooms. But we will never realize
these benefits unless we’re willing to
take the beautiful risk of allowing students to unleash their problem solving
on complex challenges—inside and
outside the classroom. EL
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Ronald A. Beghetto ( Ronald.beghetto@
is professor of educational psychology
in the Neag School of Education and
director of Innovation House at the
University of Connecticut in Storrs.
Follow him on Twitter @ronbeghetto.
Lucinda Kelley – Deputy Superintendent, Hendry County Schools, Florida
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