I am reminded of my Grade 3 student, who announced to the class the other day after we had spent a quantity of time on independent writing at the end of which she only had two words written down,
"I was thinking!"
My own son, Simon, often engages in "thinking", being on his own, quietly, engaging in his thoughts. And a math professor friend of ours notes that a concept can take months or even years to solidify in ones mind before anything is ready to be shared in written form.
In the early stages of this research project, my colleague and I laughed with glee at the vast number of release days had been approved in our proposal, and now my laughter has turned ironic as I realise that "we'll never use all those days" is turning into "it's not nearly enough"!!!