I have found myself singing the popular tune from Disney’s Frozen inserting the object to build warranted by the circumstance. At the beach, I sang to my children, “Do You Want to Build a Sand Castle?” While weeding in the garden, I brought music to the monotony, “Do you Want to Build a Weed Pile?” When preparing our noon meal I chimed, “Do You Want to Build a Salad?” I am not sure my children are impressed by my harmonious talents or creative lyrics. I am not sure my children find me as entertaining as I find myself. No matter. There is power in the Disney tune, there is power in the base question, “Do you want to build…”
And…our children, our students do. Imagine if the assessment asked, “Do You Want to Build (you choose)?” with the understanding the choice showcased the taught/learned concept(s). Imagine if the learning came from the creation in response to “Do You Want to Build (you choose)?” Now, that would be something to sing about.