My team often pulls kids in during our planning time to give them a conference with all of us. We always start by asking the kids to tell us why we've brought them in for a meeting. Most of the time they say they don't know. One co-worker always says, "If you did know, what would you say?" Darned if they don't immediately give the right answer. So, I decided to give it try in class, too. Today the kids were working independently on an assignment, and they had shifted into helpless mode. Anytime they asked me a question, I started asking the magic question: "If you did know, what would you say?" Know what? It worked a lot of the time! Even when it didn't work, they at least gave me an answer so I could see what they were thinking and lead them in the right direction. :thumb: I love it when I find a quick and easy fix for a problem.