Think For Yourself


This Beatles song says it all…

“Do what you want to do…..

Go where you want to go…

Think for yourself because I won’t be there with you”

It came to mind today as I was working with a young student on problem solving in maths. She got to a particularly sticky problem that involved some careful thinking. She struggled a bit to get to grips with the ideas and then, exasperated, looked at me and said “You tell me what to do… you know the answer.”

“I won’t be there when you have a test or have to apply your ideas for yourself,” I said.

It made me think of the need we have for our students to think for themselves.It is essential for their future and for the future of all of us. We want the youth of this world to run our planet when we are old or gone. They can’t get by saying “you do it for me”. They need to think for themselves.


About malbell

I am a retired Teaching and Learning Consultant. Previously I was a Primary school headteacher and deputy headteacher. I enjoy reading, doing MOOCs and learning new things.
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1 Response to Think For Yourself

  1. Rachel says:

    Totally agree! Too often students go for the easy option if an adult is there. When pushed, often students find they had the strategies and knowledge to solve the problem right from the start – that leads to real satisfaction and growth as a learner.


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