This book on childhood beautifully captured the fruits of keeping the curiosity alive in children. One truth I was reminded of in this book is that if a child is curious, they learn better. If our youth are curious they learn better. In fact, I would submit the flip of that statement as fact: if a youth is not curious, they will not learn well...if at all. We talk about inspiring, but sometimes that feels different, more something the teacher feels they have control over. Maybe we should also talk about creating an environment where curiosity can flourish? Curiosity + the Spirit = Awesomeness.
What are we doing in our classroom settings to keep the curiosity alive?
One curious thing about curiosity is that it has to come from the individual. It is not something that a mentor can give. We can only awaken it or not squelch it.
Please comment below on ways that you have found both awaken curiosity and squelch it and give examples where appropriate. It is important to look at both how and how not to to round our a complete picture of how we can improve. Let us learn from each other!