Why Should Teachers Cultivate Students’ Curiosity?

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If a student is learning but unable to focus it means he needs to be curious about that certain topic or subject. During the pandemic, it was even harder to engage every student in the class. Remote learning is far way challenging even for bright students and this is why there are some aspects discussed that tell us why teachers should cultivate students’ curiosity.

Curiosity engages students

Students’ engagement shows their interest in that subject. How much investment they are putting in their learning is a sum of their creativity, curiosity, commitment to success, and development.

Studies affirm curiosity leads to better learning

Greater curiosity is directly proportional to greater reading and academic achievement. Teaching students to polish their questioning skills is also beneficial in this regard. If a student is taking a keen interest in a particular subject and is curious about something, he will ask about so many things related to that. Promoting curiosity in children guarantees to address the gaps in between their achievements.

The skills developed by fostering curiosity are in high demand

Other than learning and academic stuff, cultivating curiosity in foster learning is also a must-to-do thing. Foster learning can be about any soft skill like problem-solving, self-awareness, time management, honesty, resilience, critical thinking, and communication are also in high demand when going for some job.

By setting these skills, you can train your students to develop competencies in different areas. Once the interest has been developed and the curiosity has been cultivated, students can explore and make choices accordingly. They put the effort into learning for themselves.

How can teachers cultivate students’ curiosity?

Sometimes students are curious about something already as they have this innate ability. However, sometimes students need a spark for something that we teachers can develop by asking them to make it passionate or do some effective work in that regard.

By doing such stuff and putting effort into the students, they can be curious about a certain thing that you will be able to see by their way of questioning and the way they answer the questions effectively. By developing these two habits of the students, you can not only benefit them today but they will be enjoying its perks in the long run. In this process of questioning, students develop so many other things that are much needed for the rest of life.

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Derek Schuelein

Derek Schuelein is a passionate high school educator and principal for high schools in the U.S.

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