#SOLSC21: Perspective

How would you describe this glass?

Half full?

An optimist.

Someone who always thinks good things will happen.

Half empty?

A pessimist.

Someone who always thinks bad things will happen.

What if there was a third possibility?

People who wonder if the glass is half empty or full miss the point. The glass is refillable.

Magnifying Glass 3.23.21. Quote of the Day!

A realist.

Someone who drinks the water because they know it is refillable.

What are some of your favorite idioms? Are they all “black and white” or are other perspectives allowed? How do you discover divergent thinking?


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15 responses

  1. that’s one of my favorite ideas… that the glass is refillable. I was raised on idioms. My grandmother was full of them. One I say a lot is that you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar… LOL

    1. Susan,
      If I had ever heard “refillable”, it must not have stuck. And that may be true for flies, but to catch gnats . . . soap, water and vinegar!

  2. Season of Service | Reply

    Ooo, I am intrigued. What an excellent approach to take with your students. Consider all angles. It works both it writing and in life. Thanks for your thought-provoking slice!

    1. You are so welcome. I loved the quote and needed to share it more widely!

  3. This made me laugh! I love surprising, clever responses! Just the thing to read on the Friday before Spring Break begins!

    1. Sally,
      It was a great quote that was worth sharing.
      Recharge and enjoy spring break!

  4. Love this perspective–the glass is refillable!
    Idioms are fun. I’m sure you know Fred Gwynne’s illustrated books on idioms. Kids loved them and they helped English language learners too.
    Idioms are never “old hat.”

  5. Love Fred Gwynne’s book. I’m thinking about inquiry … what are all the possible meanings before checking out his great illustrations?

  6. Fran, I like this third perspective on things. I guess there is always that gray areas that we don’t slways think about.

    1. So interesting to come up with MORE ideas!

  7. I LOVE the third option for the glass 1/2 full debate. Now I have food for thought about other idioms . . .

    1. Me, too! It has been stuck in my brain.
      Now I am wondering what else I have missed!

  8. Oh, what a great way to think about this – of course, the glass is refillable! Love this third perspective. A great thought for the approaching weekend!

  9. My favorite right now is: Don’t judge a book by its cover. I think of it in two ways: I’m still trying to get a couple students to find the right book AND I’ve almost missed a couple books that I ended up loving because I wasn’t impressed with the cover.
    And I DO love the idea that the glass is re-fillable.

  10. What a fun unexpected way of looking at the glass, mine is always half empty as a pessimist, but never thought of refilling it!

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