Using curiosity

Spark curiosity first thing and they'll suck up learning all day

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I came across an article this school year about research that indicated that if students' curiosity is piqued, they learn better, not just about what piqued their curiosity, but other, unrelated material, too. I was thinking it would be great to come up with a different thought-provoking activity to do first thing each morning, even challenge students to come up with activities to share.

From the article: "Curiosity may put the brain in a state that allows it to learn and retain any kind of information, like a vortex that sucks in what you are motivated to learn, and also everything around it," {Matthias} Gruber added.



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Hi Betty! Welcome to The Teachers Guild! First, I LOVE IFL. Great site with all kinds of articles that spark curiosity.

I like the idea of starting the day with an activity that sparks curiosity. Hook the students from the moment the walk through the door! I have often wondered how we do this with content areas that might traditionally be considered more "dry." Let's me honest, how many 8 year olds get excited about grammar lessons???

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Grammar lessons are a great example of the reality of what we are expected to teach vs. a thought-provoking discussion around a topic like inspiring innovation. We can toss the worksheets and workbooks and let kids find and illustrate their own examples of adverbs, etc., but is that really taking the innovation idea deep enough? The day can get gobbled up pretty quickly by those sorts of lessons and any meaningful innovation easily can get squeezed out. Can we just slip the grammar lessons briefly into a more meaningful writing and research project? How much should we worry about covering everything, and how do we institutionalize emphasizing what we value most? Will we ever agree on what we value most?

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i think you are right about including grammar in to other work during the day. giving jumbled sentences and asking them to make sense of them teaches grammar; using illustrations of various parts of speech as you suggest is also good.

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