Curiouser and Curiouser! Alice cried out towards her feet that were
further and further. “How cute!” That is my first thought. “How to
keep kids curious and how to make their curiosity burn higher?” My
second thought jumped to me right after that.
As we help children get out into the world to do their learning
well, we can get more of the world into the schools. Aside from their
parents, most children never have any close contact with any adults
except their teachers. No wonder they have no idea what adult life or
work is like. We need to bring more people who are not full-time
teachers into the schools. In New York City, under the teachers’ and
writers’ collaborative, real writers come into the schools, read their
work, and talk to the children about the problems of their craft. The
children love it. In another school, a practicing attorney comes in
every month and talks to several classes about the law. Not the law it
is in books, but the law as he sees it and encounters it in his cases.
And the children listen with intense interest. Here’s something even
easier: let children work together, help each other, learn from each
other and each other’s mistakes. We now know from this experience of
many schools that children are often the best teachers of other
children. What’s more important, we know that when the fifth floor
six-grader who is being having trouble with reading, starts helping a
first-grader, his own reading sharply improves. A number of schools are
beginning to use what some call paired learning. This means that you let
children form partnerships with other children. Do their work even
including their tests together and share whatever marks or results this
work gets. Just like grown-ups in the real world. It seems to work。
Curiosity, the greatest power that leads human from cave to house, from
tribe to country, from village to around the world and now to the Mars,
which is also so fragile that many adults forget all about it, and even
hurting kids’ curiosity witfully or not.
Questions 23 to 25 are based on the passage you’ve just heard。
Now we all know that stopping kids’ questions are damaging kids’
curiosity. We also know that giving kids firm answers without providing
kids opportunities to explore, make mistakes, and discover new things
are damaging kids’ curiosity. Than what can we do to keep kids
curiosity burning? Are there different curiosity? How can we, as
parents and teachers, getting these curiosity stronger and deeper?
23: Why does the speaker say most children have no idea what adult
life is like?
Questions and questions!
Yes, questions are the carrier of curiosity. If we kill questions, we
kill curiosity. First, we tell kids their questions are great, even if
we cannot answer them. If we have to shift to other urgent things
first, let’s write down the questions and always come back to it later.
This way, kids know we love his questions and when he grow up, he will
love his own questions and his curiosity will not die out.
But, do we answer all kids’ questions? What if we have hard time to
answer them for the questions are beyond our capability or not what we
want to answer? Well, even if we can answer their questions easily, do
not always provide answers back for this is the great chance for them to
know more just your simple answer. For some questions, we can ask
questions back to guide them think further. For some questions, we can
find a book or a video to read together and dig out lot more information
around the questions. We can work with our kids to do an experiment and
discover the answers together or simply ask them to try it out! Or,
there would be time, it is ok we tell them to wait. If we respect kids
enough and do not do this push-off too often, this will not hurt their
When kids grow older, unfortunately, they will be busy with homeworks,
how sad! But we can always write down all the questions and when we can
find a time, maybe one hour a week or even one hour a month, we can open
up the question log with kids and work on the one he pick. He will
remember forever the happiness to explore with adults’ love and support.
24: What is happening in New York City schools?
Grab the idea spark必赢娱乐棋牌手机版，!
Once in a middle school math class, the teacher were introducing
pendulum to kids. They talked about how the string length impacts the
cycle time of the pendulum. One kid named Rachel murmured to her
friend:”I wish our class time is as short as the pendulum cycle!” Too
bad, the teacher heard it and out of my surprise, he jumped back to his
black board, wrote down a huge question and said:”Please blame Rachel
and let’s find out the answer, if we need a pendulum that has the cycle
time as our class duration, what is the length of the pendulum?” Down
the question, he also wrote hugely: “Rachel’s law”. Later I heard that
the teacher also used the name of “Rachel’s law” when he introduce this
question to other classes.
I believe all the kids will remember this class for 10 years or even
their whole life. What if more sparks like this are shining in our
I do not know how to enlighten these sparks just yet but I’m sure if we
shut kids up and just shower them with answers, there would not be any
sparks come out.
25: What does the experience of many schools show?
Every of us have time pressure. We rush to finish a book and we rush to
fulfill the curriculum. I’m not ready to throw out the whole curriculum
structure but I can throw them alway for one week a year for sure.
Now in silicon valley high tech companies, one week hackathon has been
done many times and in many companies and it has been proved to be
effectively inspiring inventions again and again. In this week, all the
engineers leave out their daily work and get together. Some engineers
put out ideas about what they want to do in this week and others can
pick the ideas they like and join the team to work together. This is
the time people try all kinds of new ideas, some work and most do not.
However, these ideas can spark lot more ideas ahead and keep everybody
feel the fun and excitement at work.
If I have a hackathon week at my classroom, I will definitely have my
students organize it. They can organize different science classes or
talent shows. The key would be they can teach each other something new.
Once a student know how teaching works, no matter it is singing a song
or simple as rock scissor paper, their learning can be fundamentally
changed. Once a teacher is reminded how to learn from kids position,
his teaching will be different, too.
There are way too many studies and researches need to be done around
curiosities. This should be the core of pedagogy research for if
education hurts curiosity, it is nothing better than the poisonous rice.
The possible math or physics questions
1. How big is the pool of tear?
2. Can you build the map about the tunnel and the rooms the story
mentioned? Can you try your best to label the size, citing the evidence
from the story?
3. Drying yourself competition.
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