5 Learning Strategies That Make Students Curious

5 Learning Strategies That Make Students Curious

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Terry Heick of  TeachThought.com believes, “Understanding where curiosity comes from is the holy grail of education.” To foster an environment of curiosity Heick recommends 5 keys inverventions:

1. Revisit Old Questions: “The simplest curiosities arise from old questions that were never fully answered, or that no attempt to answer was made.”

2. Model and Promote Ambition: “Ambition precedes curiosity. Without wanting to advance in position, thinking, or design, curiosity is simply a biological and neurological reaction to stimulus. But ambition is what makes us human, and its fraternal twin is curiosity.”

3. Play: “A learner at play is a signal that there is a comfortable mind focused on a fully-internalized goal. It may or may not be the same goal as those given externally, but play is hypnotic and more efficient than the most well-planned instructional sequence. A learner playing, nearly by definition, is curious about something, or otherwise they’re simply manipulating bits and pieces mindlessly.”

4. The Right Collaboration at the Right Time: “Seeing what is possible modeled by peers is powerful stuff for learners. Some may not be initially curious about content, but seeing what peers accomplish can be a powerful actuator for curiosity. How did they do this? How might I do what they did in my own way? Which of these ideas I’m seeing are valuable to me—right here, right now–and which are not?”

5. Use Diverse and Unpredictable Content: “Diverse content is likely the most accessible pathway to at least a modicum of curiosity from learners. New projects, new games, new novels, new poets, new things to think about.”

To read more please visit: https://teachthought.com/learning/5-learning-strategies-that-make-students-curious/

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