Curiosity in the classroom…

Curiosità [Consistent willingness to ask ‘why?’ and ‘what if?’]

  • Kids would each have notebooks set aside just for jotting down questions and observations and ideas that come to them.
  • Many schooldays would start with a warmup curiosity session. Some days might even end with one.
  • There would be ‘what if?…why not?’ sessions–individual, whole-group, small-group–in which kids are encouraged to address topics with those open-ended prompts.
  • Group sessions would require a recorder to write down the input, a reporter to share it with the class, and a gatekeeper to keep the kids on task.
  • The sessions would usually be timed.
  • Topics? Sometimes suggested by me, sometimes more free-flowing.
  • Depending on the content and the objective of the exercise, groups might vote on the quality/relevance/practicality of the input.
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