Brave Writer Precept #6: We Take Risks
The sixth Brave Writer precept is: We take risks and experiment with methods, knowing we can double back any time to sure footing.
When learning becomes stale, the best strategy is to take learning risks, and to experiment with different methods.
For instance, what if your child got to pick any page in the math book to work on today? Does it matter if that child knows how to do the problems on that page? It doesn’t! Why? Because the fact that the child had curiosity and picked a page that looked interesting provides the foundation for teaching and experimenting and learning.
Can the child use skills they already have to figure out what that page is trying to teach? Is there a meaningful approach the child could take without any help from you? What does a child need to know that they don’t know yet simply by looking at that page?
Same thing is true for any subject. Perhaps you hand your child the book you’re reading aloud and say to your child: “Pick one sentence on this page that you think is interesting for any reason.” If the child comes back and says all the sentences are boring, ask them to find the most boring sentence. Discuss why.
Experiment, get curious, take a risk!
What would happen if you told your child that it was time to write, but every sentence had to end in an exclamation point? How would that impact what they wrote?
What if you asked your child to write on a sheet of paper in landscape view rather than portrait? How about if your child used a different color pen for each word?
We’re only limited by our imaginations and our willingness to depart from the conventional. Be brave! You can’t blow it.
No matter what you do, you learn something.