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

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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