Education is all about sparking learners curiosity. This curiosity once aroused can plumb the depths of knowledge and enlighten the lives of learners with new learning discoveries and explorations. Curiosity has been and is still behind most of the life-changing inventions that mankind has ever known. The example that jumps out here is Newton. With a mind brimming with curiosity, Newton was able to figure out why the apple dropped from the tree and thus came up with the law of gravitation.
School is the primal place for nurturing curiosity in learners but only when the right conditions are available.However, to avoid getting into discussing such conditions( probably in a future post ) let us dwell instead on what we can do, from our position as teachers, to foster this sense of curiosity within our students.
Fostering a sense of inquiry and exploration does require some conscious efforts from our end.One of these efforts is to understand what curiosity is all about and learn how others used it to achieve glory and success in their life. For this purpose, I am sharing with you some inspiring videos from popular personalities from all across the spectrum. These videos are offered by Curiosity Discovery.
1- Tiffany Shlain Filmmaker & Founder, The Webby Awards
2- Dr. Michio Kaku Theoretical Physicist and Author
3- Dr. Astro Teller Director of New Projects, Google
4- Elie Wiesel Nobel Peace Laureate, Boston University Professor
6- Jill Tarter Director, Center for SETI Research, SETI Institute
7- Dr. Dean Ornish Founder and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute
8- Andrew Weil M.D. Best-Selling Author, Speaker & Integrative Medicine Thought-Leader