Merlin Mann stated that employees’ motivation increases when they get to “build a robot” once in a while. That is, do something creative beyond regular work. Can we do this at school? Offices have “casual Fridays,” can we have “curiosity Fridays?”
All AboutCuriosity Fridays
Since we’re just introducing Curiosity Fridays, we’re all going to investigate chess. Now, chess is an enormous topic that people devote entire lives to. We’ll need to refine the topic. Enter Google’s Wonder Wheel
It’s time to address students who want to experiment on Curiosity Fridays. We need to help them develop a scientific question and hypothesis. We’ll use SCAMPER to create interesting questions and depth and complexity to track data.
Let’s look at a way to encourage and scaffold curiosity in our classes using a “Book of Unanswered Questions.” Begin by sharing intriguing objects or images and asking your own questions. Give kids a chance to find answers to their questions. Then encourage students to bring in their own intriguing conversation starters. Finally, move students towards curriculum based questions.
Kids who are smart enough to fly through vocab practice are also smart enough to figure out that their reward is to write the same words ten more times.