Some people remain curious throughout their lives. Others lose their drive to know, possibly to perform well on tests and conform to social norms. Without curiosity, learners are more eager to be “right” and to please authority than they are to explore, question, and experiment. They lose their sense of wonder when they cease to exercise it.
Curiosity encourages exploration, questions, experimentation, and a sense of wonder. It solves problems, clarifies values, and strengthens relationships. The more we know, the more tools we have to understand our world and communicate with others.
Talk about Curiosity
- Define curiosity
- Use the quote, “Curiosity killed the cat” as a stimulus for discussion.
- Create an “Investigator’s Corner” or an “Items of Interest” box.
- Read books about curiosity.
- Use “I wonder” statements.
- When you find something unusual, talk about it.
- When things make you curious, say so aloud, “I’m curious about why it is raining today.”
- Ask “what if” questions.
- Allow children to explore and “fall in love” with their environment.
- Redefine failure.
- Reinforce cause-and-effect relationships.
- Read chapter books. Ask challenging questions.
- Help children learn more about their interests.
- Be interested in what children find interesting.
Reflect on Curiosity
- Ask children questions that encourage them to think about curiosity.
Bruce Perry (2001) says curiosity drives exploration and results in discovery. This cycle is the foundation of learning. Curiosity is the catalyst.