Wednesday, November 21, 2018


“We want our students to be more curious tomorrow than they are today. We want to design learning that develops curiosity. We believe in the benefits of curiosity.”

I want to teach lessons that have my students curious to want to learn more.

I like to teach them new information and have them retain the new information. Then at the end of the lesson, I ask them to think of three questions that they would want to learn the answers to in the future.

Having students ask more questions teaches them that we can always learn more. No one knows everything about all things. There may be a different aspect or perspective of what we learned that we didn’t look at during the lesson.

Every lesson plan should include some enrichment activities. These activities should further the learning of the original lesson. Enrichment activities can always extend learning beyond the lesson. If students finish early, these activities can help challenge them with more learning.

If you don’t have time for these enrichment activities, these might go into a notebook for a substitute to use if needed. Students will already have the initial knowledge they need, and these will challenge them if you are not there.

It is always good to encourage student’s curiosity and should never be stifled. Encourage them to ask questions and their need to want to know more. Always have them look to the future and what new learning can be built on what they have just learned.

How do you encourage curiosity? Please share.

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