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As a Montessori teacher, my

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As a Montessori teacher, my students have the ability to work independently and at their own level. Due to this type of education, my students tend to lean towards the advanced side. I often run into the trouble of how to encourage more curiosity among these students. They have such freedom within the classroom but do not know how to take their own learning to the next level. I am anxious to try these strategies in my classroom and see how my students continue to grow.

Fourth grade teacher from Fayetteville, North Carolina

Curiosity is a great trait in a child

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Students are naturally curious by nature. If we as educators want to assist students in developing into efficient learners; we need to teach them how to ask the right questions to bring out their natural sense of curiosity. Therefore, I think with the use of these strategies we will be better able to help these students ask what they really have in mind.

7th & 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher

Curiosity vs. Apathy

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It was great to find this article today- after a frustrating bout with apathy in the first days back from Spring Break. Although I had planned "engaging" lessons (or so I thought), my students were too disengaged and apathetic for any real learning to be happening. I am heading into research projects with my students, so I think I will use it as opportunity to have them practice asking questions. Ultimately, I hope that giving them more control of their research through creating their own questions will increase their engagement and learning. Thanks for the suggestions.

8-12 Social Studies cyber school teacher, Pennsylvania

Have Students pose the question

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Great article. I will share with my staff in our internal PLN newsletter. Interested in your thoughts and welcome comments if instead of the typical "Do you have any questions?" after reading a passage, if asking students to formulate their own question that they would pose or expect to see on a test about what they read.

Educational Consultant/Author, Southern California

Curiosity: the Great Motivator

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Students are such great scientists, always experimenting in the classroom. And not only the Science classes! Offering opportunities to question not only leads the kids up Bloom's, but also validates each student's importance as a member of the group. Here is the opportunity for membership in the colloquium of the learners; this new role gives increasing confidence to the student interacting in the class and plants seeds of knowledge and further participation.

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