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Be Curious

"There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them” Joseph Brodsky

Curiosity is having a hungry mind: engaging in lessons, listening actively, asking questions, pursuing knowledge, making connections and seeking out new intellectual experiences. It means taking learning beyond the classroom.

Pupils can approach learning with interest and enthusiasm.

  • Ask questions in lessons, of the teacher, of other pupils and of yourself; be challenged and challenging.
  • Participate in class discussion.
  • Read ahead; review your notes – be informed.
  • Develop your academic interests outside the classroom – read a book, visit a museum, watch a documentary, keep a journal, talk to an expert.
  • Get involved in activities that develop your understanding of the world around you.
  • Read good quality newspapers.

Teachers can stimulate curiosity and engagement through careful lesson planning

  • Encourage questioning and independent learning.
  • Incorporate problem-solving in lessons.
  • Develop deep understanding through discussion-based learning.
  • Set homework that allows pupils to develop and hone their understanding.
  • Set well-planned research tasks.

Parents can be aware that research suggests intellectual curiosity plays a key role in achieving high academic outcomes!

  • Provide opportunities for learning outside school which build on your child’s interests.
  • Be a role model; read books and articles and discuss what you have read.
  • Take an interest in what your child is reading.
  • Visit museums, art galleries, the theatre and other places of interest.
  • Buy a quality newspaper at least once a week.
  • Encourage your child to discuss and share their ideas, even if these seem odd to you!