I Don’t Know

I Don't Know

When I first started teaching nine years ago a colleague offered the best advice: if you don’t know the answer, simply admit it. There is no point in making things up or pretending to be something you’re not, because the students will see right through it. She was dead on. Honestly, it feels good to say I don’t know.  It often initiates a great discussion, plus gives me and my students the opportunity to learn something new. Recently a dear friend shared a lovely lecture (The Poet and the World) by Wislawa Szymborska, recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature, that reminded me of the significance of this statement. It also made me realize how many “I don’t knows” are lingering at the start of this new year for me. Some are personal and some are professional, but in the end they all challenge me to explore myself, my ideas, and be open to whatever answers I find.

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