Shifting from I think to I believe…
I have come to realize that quite often I say ” I think…” when what I really mean is “I know…” or “I believe…” or “Research shows…”
Usually when I say I think, it is because there is a larger piece of evidence or research that has lead me to that place.
So why do I begin with “I think…?” That seems so unsure. So uncertain. And yet, I have read about it, I have experienced it and I know there is evidence behind it. Why is that I begin that statement with I think? It sounds so uncertain.
We teach students in 5th and 6th grade to write research based argument essays. I can lay out the unit in my mind and I can set the students up in a debate where I emphasize the important of being clear and having evidence behind your reasons. Making a claim, having evidence and reasons. Seems simple, right?
Yet, when I am with adults and we are discussing a topic that may lend itself to a debate or discussion — I say “I think…” Really? Do I think? Do I know? Do I believe?
And finally…as I reflect on this, I am going to move from “I think…” to “I believe…”
For now anyway. That is growth.