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Student Learning. The Future Belongs to the Curious: How Are We Bringing Curiosity Into School? What is curiosity?

The Future Belongs to the Curious: How Are We Bringing Curiosity Into School?

The word is associated with the irregular form of the Latin verb cura, which can mean worry or care about or cure. The word closest in meaning is inquisitive, which also has a Latin root: quaere, to search into, to seek. (How Can Teachers Foster Curiosity?) Curiosity is the quest for new ideas and information. Folks who are curious aren’t satisfied with what they already know or have figured out.

The future belongs to the curious . . . A recent research study found a connection between curiosity and deep learning: The study revealed three major findings. So what are we doing (or not doing) in our educational institutions to encourage and spark the curiosity of learners? Curiosity is inherently dynamic and propulsive, not sedentary and passive. In this era of overly scripted, overly tested, overly controlled students AND teachers, there seems to be little or no room for curiosity at school.

Acknowledge and model your own curiosity as an educator. Do curiosity projects. Are You Prepared For The Future Of Social Learning? Are You Prepared For The Future Of Social Learning?

Are You Prepared For The Future Of Social Learning?

By Krish Kupathil, Mobiliya R = e –t/s where R is retention, T is time and S is strength. A formula detailing a chemical reaction, or the new math behind a social media outreach strategy? Actually, an expression of the ability to remember, discovered by the German psychologist Herman Ebbinghaus. Known as the famous Forgetting Curve, it hypothesized the decline of memory retention over time. With this statistic in mind, it is surprising that our formal education system –our schools, colleges and universities— has primarily relied on conventional learning methods to deliver information. Even with the growth of digital platforms such as online programs, the basic structure of learning remained the same; automation and technology simply enhanced the delivery methods.

Social Learning – A Way of Life Is your Learning Management System (“LMS”) Social Learning Friendly? Content gamification is yet another vital aspect of social learning. Monday musings on Australian literature: Writer-in-residence programs. I’ve written before about Writers’ Retreats, which are sometimes framed as writer-in-residence programs.

Monday musings on Australian literature: Writer-in-residence programs

However, for this post, I want to focus not on those programs that are designed for writers to withdraw (retreat) to focus on a personal project, but on those for which engagement with the community in which they reside is a significant part of their role. I don’t know about you, but I come across these quite often out of the blue and love that they exist.

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Australian Curriculum. About the author : This website is maintained by Paul Floyd.

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I would describe myself best as a passionate amateur astronomer with 24 years experience (as at 2014) in running a range of education and public astronomy outreach activities. April 2012: I have just finished a simulated walk on Mars at the Victorian Space Science Education Center ( Contact details Email: Note that you are able to make a comment directly on each blog page.

Professional background I am currently a primary school teacher with an active interest (and experience) in the teaching of Science in Primary schools. Prior to beginning work as as a school teacher in 2002, I ran my own education business (detailed below under the ‘Astronomy Education Activities) plus worked as an environmental education and outdoor education instructor on a casual basis with a range of organisations.

I have two separate degrees – one in recreation management in planning and a second in primary teaching. World Wide Web Outreach. Free Fonts - I Shot the Serif. Welcome to I Shot the Serif, the webby home of Matthew Welch's fonts.

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