Edutopia: Teaching Students to Dig Deeper

Ben Johnson HS Principal, consultant, author and instructional learning coach writes: A backwoodsman went to a home improvement store and purchased a chainsaw to replace an old, worn-out saw. After a month, the backwoodsman returned the saw to the store, complaining, “It doesn’t work worth a darn! I could hardly cut half the wood I normally do.” The salesman, looking at the chainsaw and seeing nothing wrong with it, pulled the cord. The chainsaw started easily with a roar. The backwoodsman jumped back. “Tarnation, what’s all that racket? When I used it to saw, it was plumb silent!”