Curiosity is a fabulous thing. Curious children explore, investigate, experiment, build their own understanding, share their findings with others and want to know more. Curious teachers learn as they teach, reflecting on their practice and following new routes to enhanced teaching and learning. Curiosity has the potential to enhance learning in all curriculum subjects but it has a special connection with scientific thinking. A curious approach can open up learning in science, computing, design technology and mathematics. This text explores how teachers can harness the power of curiosity in their classroom. Full of practical teaching ideas for engaging learners and making lessons more exciting, this text highlights the ways in which STEM subjects can be taught together.
Chapter 2: Curious Learners in Primary Mathematics
Curious Learners in Primary Mathematics
A TEACHER OF MATHEMATICS HAS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY. IF HE FILLS HIS ALLOTTED TIME WITH DRILLING HIS STUDENTS IN ROUTINE OPERATIONS HE KILLS THEIR INTEREST, HAMPERS THEIR INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT, AND MISUSES HIS OPPORTUNITY. BUT IF HE CHALLENGES THE CURIOSITY OF HIS STUDENTS BY SETTING THEM PROBLEMS PROPORTIONATE TO THEIR KNOWLEDGE, AND HELPS THEM TO SOLVE THEIR PROBLEMS WITH STIMULATING QUESTIONS, HE MAY GIVE THEM A TASTE FOR, AND SOME MEANS OF, INDEPENDENT THINKING.
After reading this chapter you will:
- be curious about how mathematics can be used to enhance curiosity;
- be able to identify opportunities in mathematics that enable curiosity to be sparked and developed;
- have a strongly developing understanding of how curiosity impacts on the learning ...