How to improve curiosity in your students
The good news for teachers who work with younger learners, of course, is that children are naturally curious. Young children are full of questions and curiosity.
Encourage questions and introduce new ways to capture them
Prompting questions from your students when they’re learning at a distance can be as simple as tweaking your language when you first introduce a topic or give instructions. Don’t ask if your students have any questions – instead, try asking what questions they have.
Model curiosity yourself and be a co-learner
Lead by example and show your students that you are interested in and excited about learning something new. Shifting your mindset can make a big difference.
Instead of thinking about what you are teaching, frame your lessons in terms of how your students are now learning. Rather than passively receiving your expert knowledge in a classroom situation, encourage your students to learn how to find things out for themselves.
If you model curiosity, they will be more motivated to seek out information on whatever topic you are working on.
Give students choice and independence
Students with autonomy will be more engaged in the learning process whether that takes place in the classroom or as part of your distance learning program.
Of course, it is still important to have teacher supervision, but rather than playing the role of the expert who is telling your learners what to do, try to see yourself as the head researcher. You don’t want to hand them the information on a plate, but you can pique their curiosity to learn more, and then guide them to research on their own.
Curiosity makes subsequent learning more rewarding.
Aside from preparing the brain for learning, curiosity can also make learning a more rewarding experience for students.
Curiosity prepares the brain for learning.
While it might be no big surprise that we’re more likely to remember what we’ve learned when the subject matter intrigues us, it turns out that curiosity also helps us learn information we don’t consider all that interesting or important.