13 Alternatives To “I Don’t Know” And “I Can’t”


Saw this on pinterest this evening and thought it was great. Sentence stems can be powerful ways to “start” students talking where they are unsure of themselves–used them quite a bit to help students respond to poetry.

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13 Alternatives To “I Don’t Know” and “I Can’t”

Instead of I Can't

“Can you help me?”

“I can try!”

“I don’t understand.”

“I think I can do it!”

“This is a little hard for me.”

“I’m guessing, but…”

“Can I think for a minute?”

“Can I have more time to think?”

“I’m thinking….”

To the list in the image I might add:

“Before I can respond, I need…”

“I’m not sure, but I can tell you that…”

“I’m confused exactly here…”

“It’s just a hunch, but…”

Image attribution flickr user chicago2016

  • nor

    this is good.. will definitely use it