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Cultivating Curiosity

Brian Housand, Ph.D.
brianhousand.com
@brianhousand
Cultivating Curiosity through Questioning
Humans are naturally curious beings, but as Sir Ken Robinson suggests, schools may have unintentionally squashed out the creativity and inquisitive nature of many of students. While ubiquitous digital devices provide us with the opportunity to find the answer to almost any question, many students struggle to find accurate information online. Now more than ever, we must teach our students to be critical consumers of the information that they encounter. Together we will explore and construct technology resources designed to engage students’ curiosity and learn ways to compose better questions for application and synthesis.

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Cultivating Curiosity

  1. 1. CULTIVATING CURIOSITY
  2. 2. brianhousand.com brianhousand@gmail.com @brianhousand brian.housand bc1000
  3. 3. NEW
  4. 4. Stay hungry. Stay foolish.
  5. 5. “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”
  6. 6. Photo by Jonathan Plucker
  7. 7. Cat killer or Breeder of invention? Curiosity,
  8. 8. Curiosity Confidence Courage Constancy
  9. 9. These devices are designed to present material to the student of a kind that would not be available to him in his ordinary school experience.
  10. 10. devices for VICARIOUS EXPERIENCE
  11. 11. GO
  12. 12. GO
  13. 13. I am interested in _______________.
  14. 14. I am interested in _______________.EVERYTHING!
  15. 15. roadtripnation.com/roadmap
  16. 16. roadtripnation.com/roadmap
  17. 17. byrdseed.com/tickling-curiosity
  18. 18. SOMETIMES YOUR ARE JUST STUCK
  19. 19. 3 2 1 Words Questions Metaphor
  20. 20. 3 2 1 Words Questions Metaphor
  21. 21. http://www.buzzfeed.com/patricksmith/i-think-we-just-moved-an-inch-oh-no-just-imagined-it-fml#.bcJ7zxNKW
  22. 22. http://www.buzzfeed.com/patricksmith/i-think-we-just-moved-an-inch-oh-no-just-imagined-it-fml#.bcJ7zxNKW
  23. 23. DEPTH & COMPLEXITY
  24. 24. TYPE III INDEPENDENT OR SMALL GROUP INVESTIGATIONS PRODUCTS AND/OR PERFORMANCES TYPE I GENERAL EXPLORATORY ACTIVITIES TYPE II METHODOLOGICAL TRAINING / HOW-TO ACTIVITIES (Renzulli, 1977)
  25. 25. INCUBATION STAGE 1: Heighten Anticipation STAGE 2: Encounter the Expected and Unexpected, and Deepen Understanding STAGE 3: Go Beyond and “Keep It Going” Torrance
  26. 26. EXPLORE THE GARDEN
  27. 27. youtube.com/user/crashcourse
  28. 28. youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids
  29. 29. diy.org
  30. 30. googlesciencefair.com/springboard
  31. 31. BUT…
  32. 32. I am interested in _______________.NOTHING
  33. 33. COMFORTABLE WITH CERTAINITY UN UN
  34. 34. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/G/01/books/promotions/duckRabbit02-700.jpg
  35. 35. http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8162/6968211400_3c9765e268_o.jpg
  36. 36. Address the emotional impact of uncertainty. I
  37. 37. SURPRISE AWE INTEREST CONFUSION
  38. 38. Confusion is a part of Innovation.
  39. 39. http://www.wired.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Untitled-12.jpg
  40. 40. RESISTANCE TO PREMATURE CLOSURE
  41. 41. Assign projects that provoke uncertainty. 2
  42. 42. LESSON IDEA #1 INVITE STUDENTS TO FIND MISTAKES
  43. 43. LESSON IDEA #2 ARGUE FROM AN ALIEN VIEWPOINT
  44. 44. writingprompts.tumblr.com
  45. 45. DEPTH & COMPLEXITY
  46. 46. LESSON IDEA #3 PROVIDE ASSIGNMENTS THAT STUDENTS WILL FAIL
  47. 47. http://www.federaljack.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/kobayashi-maru-01.jpg
  48. 48. Encourage exploration, challenge, and revision. 3
  49. 49. SAGE ON THE STAGE GUIDE ON THE SIDE
  50. 50. Meddler in the Middle
  51. 51. http://www.ew.com/sites/default/files/i/2012/02/06/STAR-WARS-YODA_510.jpg
  52. 52. Emphasize the current topics of debate in a field. 4
  53. 53. TEDTalks
  54. 54. GROWTH MINDSET FIXED MINDSET
  55. 55. Invite guest speakers to share the mysteries they’re exploring. 5
  56. 56. education.microsoft.com/ ConnectWithOthers/ PlayMysterySkype
  57. 57. Show how the process of discovery is often messy and non-linear. 6
  58. 58. ARTHUR FLEMING: PENICILLIN
  59. 59. Build in Progress buildinprogress.media.mit.edu
  60. 60. Chance favours only the prepared mind. - Louis Pasteur
  61. 61. http://www.animationmagazine.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Pixar-Creativity-Inc-post.jpg
  62. 62. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-yop_r8Qqafc/Uc3NpeSweCI/AAAAAAAAAwE/vX8od1KvedU/s1440/pixag+copy.jpg
  63. 63. Imposing limits can encourage a creative response. - Ed CatmUll
  64. 64. THE MARSHMALLOW CHALLENGE 20 sticks of spaghetti 1 yard of masking tape 1 yard of string 1 marshmallow
  65. 65. 1. Build the Tallest Freestanding Structure. 2. The Entire Marshmallow Must be on Top. 3. Use as Much or as Little of the Kit. 4. You may break up the Spaghetti, String or Tape. 5. The Challenge Lasts 18 minutes. 6. Those touching or supporting the structure at the end of the exercise will be disqualified. 20 sticks of spaghetti 1 yard of masking tape 1 yard of string 1 marshmallow
  66. 66. D’OH!
  67. 67. Did you notice…. Why did that happen? Does this happen in life? Why does that happen? How can you use this?
  68. 68. ITERATE
  69. 69. LURK
  70. 70. 1. (of a person or animal) be or remain hidden so as to wait in ambush for someone or something: a ruthless killer still lurked in the darkness. 2. (of an unpleasant quality) be present in a latent or barely discernible state, although still presenting a threat: fear lurks beneath the surface | (as adj. lurking) : he lives with a lurking fear of exposure as a fraud. 3. read the postings on an Internet message board or in a chat room without making any contribution oneself.
  71. 71. 1. (of a person or animal) be or remain hidden so as to wait in ambush for someone or something: a ruthless killer still lurked in the darkness. 2. (of an unpleasant quality) be present in a latent or barely discernible state, although still presenting a threat: fear lurks beneath the surface | (as adj. lurking) : he lives with a lurking fear of exposure as a fraud. 3. read the postings on an Internet message board or in a chat room without making any contribution oneself.
  72. 72. As the volume of media has grown exponentially, our propensity to explore it is diminishing. Danny Cohen / BBC1
  73. 73. flâneur one who saunters around observing society.
  74. 74. BROWSE SEARCH
  75. 75. THINK LIKE A DISCIPLINARIAN
  76. 76. What are the DETAILS of the discipline? What are the MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES in the discipline? What are the BIG IDEAS of the discipline? What are some of the UNANSWERED QUESTIONS?
  77. 77. STALK
  78. 78. Arranging serendipitous encounters isn’t always a function of WHO YOU KNOW, it should also be a function of WHO YOU WANT TO KNOW. Or WHO YOU SHOULD WANT TO KNOW, even if you don’t realize you should want to know them.
  79. 79. http://calvinandhobbes.wikia.com/wiki/Calvin's_snowballs
  80. 80. Who are the EXPERTS? How do I follow them? Who do they follow? What are they reading? What are they producing? ? ?? ??
  81. 81. experience. think. go deeper. DO!
  82. 82. TYPE III INDEPENDENT OR SMALL GROUP INVESTIGATIONS PRODUCTS AND/OR PERFORMANCES TYPE I GENERAL EXPLORATORY ACTIVITIES TYPE II METHODOLOGICAL TRAINING / HOW-TO ACTIVITIES (Renzulli, 1977)
  83. 83. “Curiouser and curiouser!”
  84. 84. “The most successful Imagineers are those who see ‘this is new to me’ as an opportunity, not a barrier. Josh Gorin
  85. 85. They are willing to go outside their comfort zone in the interest of expanding their horizons and gaining new perspectives.” Josh Gorin
  86. 86. “Constantly ask questions, learn how things work, try new and exciting things, and you’ll build up a strong base of experiences and an ongoing curiosity that will serve you well at WDI and in life.” Josh Gorin
  87. 87. Around here we don’t look backwards for very long… We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things because we’re curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
  88. 88. brianhousand.com brianhousand@gmail.com @brianhousand brian.housand bc1000

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