Curiosity and Teachers!

18362571034_d09dc72698Recently the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) posted a brilliant article on the need to inspire curiosity in teachers.  The article makes the following points:

  • We do next to nothing in most schools to encourage curiosity in our faculties.  Instead, we develop rigid pacing guides and require everyone to work through them in the same order without question.
  • Can we REALLY be surprised, then, when those same practices define today’s classrooms?
  • So here’s a challenge to every principal and district level professional developer in Radical Nation:  Start your next school year by asking individual teams of teachers to develop sets of three or four learning-centered questions that they are curious about.

Now, I don’t necessarily agree with requiring teams to develop a certain number of learning-centered questions.  I think the amount of questions generated depends on the topic being explored.  The important thing is teachers are being allowed to explore topics that they are interested in and they are forming partnerships with other teachers with similar interests.

Want to read the Blog article?  Click here and enjoy!

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