What’s Going on Inside the Brain Of A Curious Child?
By Maanvi Singh, NPR How does a sunset work? We love to look at them, but Jolanda Blackwell wanted her 8th graders to really think about them, to wonder and question. So Blackwell, who teaches science at Oliver Wendell Holmes Junior High in Davis, Calif., had her students watch a video of a sunset on YouTube as part of a physics lesson on motion. “I asked them: ‘So what’s moving? And why?'” Once she got the discussion going, the questions came rapid-fire. Students asking questions and then exploring the answers. Blackwell, like many others teachers, understands that when kids are curious, they’re much more likely to stay engaged. But why? Our Brains On Curiosity “In any given day, we encounter a barrage of new information,” says Charan Ranganath, a psychologist at the University of California, Davis, and one of the researchers behind the study. Ranganath was curious to know why we retain some information and forget other things. Curiosity Helps Us Learn Boring Stuff, Too
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