Curiosity

I think that what many educators are discovering is that the web has not only provided countless resources to support strong teaching practices, but that it also enhances their own learning.  What’s scary about this is the realization of what one does not know.  For years, curriculum and resources have been fairly stable and dependable.  Teachers could anticipate their lessons before class began.

By exploring resources online and by discovering new people, organizations and even places, there are countless ways that a teacher can alter their instructional methods.  It’s difficult to balance the urge to share a wealth of new information with the need to present curriculum to students who depend on structure.

By connecting foundations of knowledge in the classroom with opportunities provided by technology, students can begin to widen their own world.  They are provided with the means to develop confidence in rich course material, but they are also respected enough to express that knowledge in a variety of ways.

What if a teacher wants to discover with their students?  What if a teacher doesn’t know all the answers?  That’s scary!  How does a teacher encourage a student to investigate something entirely fascinating if the teacher doesn’t know where the journey will end?

These are questions that crossed my mind while watching a video from Project Explorer.  I was excited by the content (as I was with many other Project Explorer videos), but I also realized just how little I knew about some of the presented material.  Take a look:

By presenting a new concept to a class, a teacher can encourage learning by sharing their excitement about new discoveries.  What is the teacher learning, and how does this affect students and their motivation to learn?

Stay curious.

Thanks to the folks at Skillshare for the inspiring video!

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4 Responses to Curiosity

  1. Thank you for your post. The attached videos present some excellent ideas, especially the history timeline that I guess students created. I will encourage teachers to use the idea. The Curiosity video will be useful for staff meetings, as well as for use with students. I attached a link from your post to my blog. I trustbthatbthis was ok!

    • colleenkr says:

      What kind words, thank you! The video was created by Jenny Buccos (from Project Explorer) ~ I have found that her site is filled with amazing videos. …and of course it’s ok to link! I’m so glad you found the information useful!

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