Teach Primary article
January’s edition of Teach Primary magazine included an article by us. In it we explore tools and strategies to build more curiosity into lessons.
Curiosity can be aroused in many ways, such as stimulating questions, teases, predictions, wonder and even awe. Writers of soap operas have known for years that if you want viewers to watch the next episode you open up a new storyline, known as a loop or leave the story hanging in the air. The mind likes to close these loops. For many students, stimulating
their curiosity significantly increases their engagement.
The advantages of building more curiosity:
■ Triggering motivation through curiosity gets students asking questions. Most
students ask too few questions. When they do ask questions they instantly become more engaged.
■ Curiosity keeps students on their toes. The teacher who uses it is being creative and building the students’ creativity too.
■ Stimulating curiosity, which may be dormant in a student or teacher, is an essential habit of mind to develop. Students may take their new-found curiosity into other aspects of their lives. As an old Chinese proverb says: ‘the quality of your life depends upon the quality of your questions’.
How can you plan to create more curiosity in your lessons?