Last week, I had the pleasure of participating in a PD event focused on Glasser’s Choice Theory and its use in the classroom. It was wonderful! There are so many places where this theory and the underpinnings of maker education connect – it’s well worth exploring for those interested in truly empowering kids to find their own passions and strengths.
During lunch on one of the days, we found ourselves discussing how to engage students when the subject matter is challenging and less approachable. It was a perfect opportunity for me to share the power of making and its use in helping students find context for their learning. Making can be used in any subject to connect the learning with tangible, real-world “stuff.” It also reminded me of a blog post I wrote a couple of years ago about curiosity.
If we can think of every lesson starting with a moment of extreme curiosity, we can gain student interest in ways that intrinsically motivate them to dive in and learn more. No carrots and no sticks, just pure and powerful desire to learn and understand. Wouldn’t that be fantastic? It’s as simple as starting with curiosity, really. Here’s the post from November 2013:
Curiosity is the seed from which everything else grows.
Think about it… How many times have you found yourself curious about something that resulted in exciting and genuine learning? How many times have you learned something you weren’t curious about? See the difference?
If we can allow ourselves the opportunity to feel curious, we’re on the road to doing the same for our students. Check out the TED Talk below where acclaimed educator Ramsay Mussalam talks about the three rules to spark learning: