Curiosity and motivation to learn are powerful predictors of student success―more powerful even than IQ, persistence, or teacher quality. Yet the longer students stay in school, the less curiosity and motivation they demonstrate. So, what if we were to focus on building schools that ignite student curiosity? Might everything else get easier . . . and more joyful? Learn from research and real-life success stories about how schools have “flipped the script” on improvement efforts—not by forcing rigid compliance with mandates or implementation of external programs, but by unleashing what’s already inside everyone—students and teachers alike—and waiting to come out: curiosity.
As a result of this session, you’ll
• Learn about the power of curiosity to student and teacher performance
• Learn the connections between curiosity, social-emotional learning and student well-being
• Learn some practical ways to unleash curiosity in your classroom(s)
• Consider some steps you can take to unleash curiosity in your school