So before the weather refused to cooperate yesterday, our students were busy preparing to defend their science fair projects and answer the questions of the three random adults who were there to judge them. They worked in pairs and quizzed each other, starting with the basics and moving on from there, with varying degrees of success and confidence. As they practiced, I circulated, listening and making suggestions here and there. Eventually I got to one pair of boys. "What's your hypothesis?" asked the first.
"What is a hypothesis again?" asked his partner in return.
"You know-- your idea about what will happen," said the first.
"Oh yeah! My hypothesis is that I am going to rock this science fair!"
Now that's confidence.