Blogger Suzie Boss presents real examples of how to continue to engage student curiosity in school after the homework projects are over.
It took a life-threatening condition to jolt chemistry teacher Ramsey Musallam out of ten years of "pseudo-teaching" to understand the true role of the educator: to cultivate curiosity. In a fun and personal talk, Musallam gives 3 rules to spark imagination and learning, and get students excited about how the world works.
The world around us is constantly being changed and challenged by advancements in science. Think of how far we’ve come in just the past few years in regard to our access to technology, health care and knowledge. Scientific advancements make the world a more exciting place—they enable us to live a vibrant today, while giving us hope for an even brighter tomorrow. Behind every scientific breakthrough is a curious mind.
Are some people just born curious? Or can curiosity be cultivated? The answer matters because curiosity is a necessity for innovation. If curiosity isn’t instinctive among your collaborators then you need to bring it to life... Real curiosity reflects active engagement with an idea. It moves people beyond a passing interest to do something.
Teaching students how to confront what we don't know can trigger curiosity and lead to new discoveries, according to author Jamie Holmes. In the classroom, subjects are often presented as settled and complete. Teachers lecture students on the causes of World War I, say, or the nature of matter, as if no further questioning is needed because all the answers have been found.
British archaeologist Mary Leakey described her own learning as being "compelled by curiosity." Curiosity is the name we give to the state of having unanswered questions. And unanswered questions, by their nature, help us maintain a learning mindset. When we realize that we do not know all there is to know about something in which we are interested, we thirst. We pursue.
Article Tools PrintPrinter-Friendly EmailEmail Article ReprintReprints CommentsComments Fostering curiosity is the key to learning, yet it's difficult to achieve in the classroom. This is in part because curiosity itself is so misunderstood. While we can change pedagogy or curriculum, for the most part, students who want to learn, will. It's usually because they're curious.