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Students learn by engaging and exploring, asking questions and testing out answers. Yet, such curiosity is not always encouraged and supported in the classroom. Cultivating Curiosity in K–12 Classrooms describes how teachers can create a structured, student-centered environment that allows for openness and surprise—where inquiry guides authentic learning.
Author and award-winning educator, Wendy L. Ostroff shows how to foster student curiosity through exploration, novelty, and play; questioning and critical thinking; and experimenting and problem solving. Includes techniques to try, scaffolding advice, and relevant research from neuroscience and psychology. This book will help you harness the powerful drive in all learners—the drive to know, understand, and experience the world in a meaningful way.
BOOK: (ASCD Premium, Select, and Institutional Plus Member book, Editor's Selection, July 2016) 7" x 9", about 174 pages
E-BOOK: (ASCD E-Book, 2016) PDF e-book accompanied by bonus MOBI and EPUB files for use on e-book readers like the Kindle and the Nook. See the e-book FAQ link for information about device compatibility.
Based on their exciting work in the field, Kallick and Zmuda map out a transformative model of personalization that puts students at the center and asks them to employ the set of dispositions for engagement and learning known as the Habits of Mind. They share the perspectives of educators engaged in this work; highlight the habits that empower students to pursue aspirations, investigate problems, design solutions, chase curiosities, and create performances; and provide tools and recommendations for adjusting classroom practices to facilitate learning that is self-directed, dynamic, sometimes messy, and always meaningful.