Do Now: Challenge yourself and your classroom by issuing an assignment based upon open-ended questions or hypothetical scenarios. Any student—even the most lazy ones—can look up historical dates or elements on a periodic table. But can they answer why reading is essential to the study of history? Or identify three elements on the periodic table that have changed our lives? Throw in a why or how and you’ve just confounded the scenario by adding another level of knowledge to the assignment. Even you math teachers have plenty of material to work with: how about comparing a geometric proof to a sonnet? There’s beauty to both, rhythm, and even a pattern that might be analyzed and studied in the future. Somewhere, Al Tennyson and Blaise Pascal are smiling, and they’re not 100% sure why.