Yesterday I was in one of the 2nd Grade learning spaces while the teacher, Scot, was talking to the students about curiosity. He explained to them that everyone learns new things all the time, but that curious people learn on purpose. He described it as being like a light bulb being switched on - they get curious and they really want to know things.
Once our curiosity has been sparked, we learn by asking questions. He explained to the students that questions are like food for the brain - they are the things our brain likes to eat. When a question comes into your mind, it means that this is what food your brain is asking for. Pay attention to your questions as they are important to help you learn, and capture your questions because if you don't capture them and write them down, then they will just go out of your brain. Scot explained that for curious people the questions are never really done. These people listen out and notice for more questions to appear.
Today the students were writing about where the spark had come from for the questions that they are going to investigate for the Curiosity Project. Here is what some of the students are curious about and why:
Crystals: I chose this topic because I really like crystals. And also one day I found a crystal in my
own garden. And thats how I always was wondering about crystals. (Tisha)
Buoyancy: I'm been curious about buoyancy because my mom said the word and I said to myself, "What is that?" It just flipped in my head! That's the story of how I became curious about buoyancy. (Reza)
Polar Bears: I first became curious about polar bears because I saw a big poster about polar bears in my room so I got curious to know abut the bears. I got my idea when I was staring at the poster (Anjali)
Photo Credit: Question mark by Leo Reynolds, 2006