What Do You Do With An Idea?

A few weeks ago, I attended my first EdCamp Ignite.  It was a great experience.  I learned a lot from the teachers who attended.  I am excited to say that there will be another EdCamp Ignite next month.  I already signed up for it.

In any case, while I was there, I met a teacher who shared the book, What Do You Do With An Idea?, by Kobi Yamada.  It is a wonderful picture book about a boy who gets an idea.  He doesn’t know what he should do with it.  He wonders if he should keep it to himself or share it with others.  He is afraid of being laughed at about his idea.

Idea

I really enjoyed reading the book because it explains exactly how some people might feel about having a new idea.  Will people like the idea?  Or will they make fun of it?  Is the idea worthwhile?  Or is it a waste of time?  I really connected with the struggles the character goes through.  I love how Kobi Yamada brings it all together on the very last page.

I have plans for this book.  I am going to use it in conjunction with my next Genius Hour.  For next time, instead of focusing on new learning, I want my students to think of ways they could change the world.  This book would tie in perfectly with that concept.  I also found this video by Kid President.

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