The Smartest Person in the Room

I absolutely love quotes. My favorite quote is “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Those fantastic words are from the author and humorist Mark Twain.

One of the my other favorite quotes is, “The smartest person in the room is the room.” There’s some debate who actually said these words, so we’ll just leave it at a pretty wise individual.

In 2020 that room, thanks to technology and the Internet, is as big as you want it to be. If you want to know something, you search for it on Google or ask Siri or Alexa for the answer.

Recently, I was looking for some new number sense routines for my fourth graders, and my Internet search took me to It is a great site filled with videos, activities to do in the classroom, and other useful resources.

There are so many other wonderful resources for teachers of math, ELA, science, and every other content area. The Internet is a wealth of knowledge. It’s an amazing time to be able to connect to other teachers, share ideas, and learn from others. When the room is this big, it’s hard to be the smartest person in it. And that’s a wonderful thing!