Grow…in Curiosity

Bronwyn WilsonEarly Learning Centre, Learning, Proof of the pudding, Social issues

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence.Albert Einstein

At St Peters Lutheran, we want our students to be curious! Curiosity helps children to ask questions which can then be used to research their ideas. It’s been said that curiosity is the seed of creativity.

Curiosity is wanting to know more about the nature of learning, about the world and its people and cultures. It’s children saying, “I want to know more!”

It’s no secret that curiosity makes learning more effective and enjoyable. Instilling students with a strong desire to know or learn something is what every teacher lives for, and research has even shown that curiosity is just as important as intelligence in determining how well students do in school.

At St Peters we help our students to grow in curiosity by:

Teaching students how to ask quality questions – this happens every day in our classrooms from first questions in a Unit of Inquiry to reflection questions after a maths task and all the opportunities to teach questioning skills inbetween!

Noticing when kids feel puzzled or confused – when students are a little confused, a teachable moment is just around the corner. We encourage both teachers and students to find these moments and spark a desire to solve problems.

Encouraging students to tinker – tinkering is constructive play with feelings, concepts, ideas, and materials. Tinkering with materials, thoughts, and emotions stimulates curiosity and leads to innovative outcomes. Many areas of the school encourage tinkering including the ELC, Inside Outside Room, Coding special interest group and stimulating classroom environments!

Using current events – activities such as BTN, whole school meetings and PYP Exhibition are incorporated into the curriculum to lead students to ask purposeful questions that help unearth what’s beneath the surface of societal problems. Asking “why” is the critical ingredient in unravelling difficult conflicts!

 Exploring a variety of cultures and societies – our Programme of Inquiry “Who we are” and “Where we are in Place and Time” transdisciplinary themes encourage students to explore cultures and societies. Questions are posed to encourage exploring these concepts such as: How is one culture or society uniquely different from another one. How do our beliefs and values form our perceptions?

Modelling curiosity – throughout the day, teachers continuously model what it is to be a curious learner. Class discussions and meetings, special interest groups, engaging in inquiry and sharing these inquiries with the children engage them in meaningful dialogue about what matters most.

By building curiosity in students, we engage them in the big ideas about life and learning. GROW with us in curiosity at St Peters Lutheran School!