I asked teachers to list which qualities were most important without giving them a list to choose from, almost none mentioned curiosity. Many teachers endorse curiosity when they’re asked about it, but it isn’t uppermost on their minds – or shaping teaching and learning.
Why is this disturbing?
Because research shows unequivocally that when people are curious about something, they learn more, and better.
Given that curiosity has such a positive impact on learning, you might assume that teachers are doing everything they can to encourage it. But that’s not the case. Think about how you approach teaching. Do you give time for students to be curious, naturally curious about things that interest them? Or are you just trying to get through it all and tick the boxes? Do you allow your students space to be curious?