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ABC of Inquiry Curious


ABC OF INQUIRY – CURIOSITY  “I dream of things that never were; and I say ‘Why not?” George Bernard Shaw. Curiosity is about having the ability to notice what is visible and not visible and wonder why or why not.

CURIOSITY “ I wonder wonder why…”

George Bernard Shaw summed up curiosity perfectly when he wrote “You see things; you say, ‘Why? ‘But I dream things that never were; and I say ‘Why not?”. Curiosity is key to engaged learners, to learners who will be resilient, adaptable and able to take action.

Curiosity is present when learners see relevance in the learning being done in their classroom to the world outside the walls of that same room. Curiosity is fed when learners are encouraged and supported to debate, question, argue, reflect and pause. Learners need to be able to pause, rest, reflect and dream. Busy, busy all the time, doesn’t allow curiosity to bloom and grow.  Curious people notice the smallest of things in the ‘normal’ everyday and wonder how this might be a map to the future.  They can often look distracted, but distraction can just be another word for being curious about things that are not currently the valued focus. The mavericks, dreamers and distracted students in our classes could be the most curious among us. They are noticing things that are not or things that are, but need changing. Curious learners swim against the tide to discover something not yet seen by others. They ask ‘Why not?’

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