The goal of my Ignite Talk is to inspire those listening to realize what gifted, really all, students need to do succeed in school while sharing compelling thoughts about what teachers need to be doing to engage their students. Curiosity is one of those compelling thoughts.
One aspect of my talk is going to be curiosity. It is perfectly natural for all of us to be curious about one thing or the other and to research it. It seems with regimented curriculum maps, pacing guides, and pressure to get to all the standards that we are stomping our curiosity in favor of questions related only to content. I often recall my daughters wanting to know everything about everything and the persistent question of why was on the tip of their tongues. They were curious because they didn't know so they asked. Do students do the same? Are we instilling in them the propensity to be curious and seek answers?
As teachers we have get our standards taught, assessed, measured, and reported so parents and kids know to what depth learning is taking place. We can't forget to stimulate curiosity in the process otherwise students might forget what it's like to think of something and go learn about it just because they're curious.
How to instill curiosity?
- Ask perplexing questions to start lessons and let students dive in to find the answer. As you circulate the room offer guidance to students to help attain the learning while being curious.
- Pose problems that need to be solved and allow students ample time to solve them in a manner they find reasonable.
- Pose the question, "What would happen if...?"
How would you instill curiosity in your students?