Elementary school teachers are the ultimate action researchers. They constantly monitor the subjects in their laboratories for optimum learning, then tweak or change variables when needed. They also find times when they need to seek the opinion of a fellow researcher, so they ask another teacher for ideas that might address a specific barrier to a child's learning.
Some of the most important conversations that teachers have are to answer the question, "What do we do for the kids who struggle to learn this?"
This has me wondering...when we hear ideas during a brainstorming session, do we make our judgments immediately? As the ideas hit the table, do our experiences cause us to keep or discard ideas too quickly? When brainstorming, what if we were better able to suspend judgment and enable curiosity?