Last week in class, I showed some student examples of authentic, non-canonical thinking.  I asked the class to identify what they saw as good in those examples.  Here’s what they said:

“It’s honest.

It talks about electrons and energy.

It talks about physical cause.

It’s about the real world.

They noticed patterns.

They used analogies and metaphors.

They broke the ideas into parts.

They asked questions — clarifying and precision.

The were trying to find the limits of when things were true.

They said they didn’t know.

They proposed a hypothesis.

They said what seemed weird.

At a glance, it seems people wrote more than usual that day about what they think might be happening in their circuits.  I’ll post more when I read them… but I’m hopeful.