3 rules to spark learning
When I was in high school, I had a science teacher who wrote stuff on the board. I copied it down. Then I learnt it. Rote. Science wasn’t fun, and I wasn’t very good at it.
At the same school, I had an English teacher who let me explore and experiment with words, who asked me challenging questions and let me work out the ‘answers’ for myself. English was fun, and I was good at it.
I decided pretty early on that I was going to be writer. But sometimes I wonder what would have happened if the teaching approach had been the other way around.
If my science teacher had inspired me, challenged me and piqued my curiosity about how the world worked, could I have been the next Einstein or Darwin?
Studies have shown that curiosity prepares the brain for learning and makes subsequent learning more rewarding.1
Ramsay Musallam, a teacher and an advocate for curiosity in schools, knows this. Now.
By his own admission, Ramsay spent 10 years “pseudo-teaching” high-school chemistry. It took a life-threatening condition to jolt him into understanding the true role of the educator: to cultivate curiosity.
In this fun and short TED talk, Ramsey offers 3 rules to spark imagination and learning, and get students excited about how the world works. He calls on teachers to inspire learning rather than simply reciting information to students.
Curiosity doesn’t kill anything: it keeps our kids’ love of learning alive.
And what could be more valuable than that?
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