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.

Introduction

Introduction

I HAVE NO SPECIAL TALENTS. I AM ONLY PASSIONATELY CURIOUS.

ALBERT EINSTEIN

Chapter Objectives

After reading this chapter you will:

  • have a strongly developing understanding of the term curiosity;
  • appreciate the value of curiosity to primary education through the four STEM subjects;
  • be curious about the rest of the book.

What is Curiosity?

Curiosity is observed in human beings wherever we observe people engaging with the world around them or with their personal thoughts. They play, explore and reflect in ways that move their ideas forward. We display, as a species, a natural curiosity about the world around us and the world of our thoughts. We may be the most curious beings in the Universe. Our society values curiosity highly. Being curious encourages progress, innovation and creativity. Curiosity has led to ...

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