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  1. 1. Classroom Habitudes by Angela Maiers Presentation by Monette Ross
  2. 2. The Habitudes • Imagination • Curiosity • Perseverance • Self-Awareness • Courage • Adaptability
  3. 3. Curiosity “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” ~Albert Einstein
  4. 4. Why Curiosity Matters • Keeps the brain active and awake • Keeps us open and ready for new ideas • Keeps life and learning exciting
  5. 5. Curiosity • What’s your personal definition of CURIOSITY? • How is it different from IMAGINATION?
  6. 6. The Power Tools of CURIOSITY! • What if…? • I wonder…
  7. 7. For Fun: “Hmm, what if your knees bent the other way… I wonder what chairs would like like…”
  8. 8. “But seriously, folks…” A quick and simple lesson on the brain: • Your brain is made up of cells • Simple, right?
  9. 9. • The more active your brain cells are, the more synapses, or connections, they’ll make with other brain cells.
  10. 10. • The more connections you develop, the more efficiently your brain will be able to learn, retain, and retrieve information.
  11. 11. “But what does brain science have to do with CURIOSITY?”
  12. 12. CURIOSITY’s effect on the brain? “It’s ELECTRIC!”
  13. 13. “The desire to know is natural to great men.” ~Leonardo da Vinci
  14. 14. “Wisdom begins in wonder.” ~ Socrates
  15. 15. “Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” ~ Voltaire
  16. 16. What part does CURIOSITY play in your learning? • What are you most curious about? • What subjects in school are you most interested in? • What about those subjects interest you the most? • If you could study or investigate any topic, what would it be? • How does your curiosity affect how you approach a topic? A text? How hard you work?
  17. 17. CURIOSITY can’t be “mastered.” It develops over time and with practice… much like your IMAGINATION.
  18. 18. • It has been said that there is a direct relationship between attention and our interest in the world. In other words… • Until you’re interested…not much will become interesting to you.
  19. 19. • Rocks are not interesting…until we begin collecting them. • Faraway places may not be all that interesting…until we begin planning a trip there. • Strangers we see on the street may not be very interesting…until we ask questions and get to know “their story.”
  20. 20. “Let’s put it to the test…” • Think of a topic in any subject that you think is just not very interesting. • Turn your attention to that topic, and begin asking it questions. • See how many questions, you can come up with about that topic. • HINT: the more thoughtful the question– the more fun the experience!
  21. 21. YOUR TURN: Create a concept map for an uninteresting topic and see how many questions about that topic you can come up with.
  22. 22. • What’s your most thoughtful question about your topic? • As you did this activity, did you notice any change in your attitude about the topic? • What challenges still remain?
  23. 23. • As young children, we are wonderfully curious about many, many things. • As we grow up, we start believing the answers are more important than the questions. • If we want to improve the quality of our thinking…we must learn to improve the quality of our questions.
  24. 24. “One of the most powerful thinkers in history was Albert Einstein. He was not only passionately curious, but he knew the importance of asking powerful questions. What made Einstein stand out were the kinds of questions he asked.”
  25. 25. “He did not just look at a problem or a text and ask who, what, where, when and how. Albert’s questions were different…and numerous.”
  26. 26. Basic Questions • Who? • What? • Where? • When? • How?
  27. 27. Genius! Questions What if…? I wonder why…? If…? What is it that…” Is it possible to…” What could happen if…” Is ___ the reason for…? Would you rather…? How is ___ like ____? Does it matter if…? I wonder when…?
  28. 28. YOUR TURN: What’s the difference between the two sets of questions? Discuss this with another student nearby, and see what you can come up with.
  29. 29. We been talking a lot about the importance of CURIOSITY and asking powerful questions. But this closing quote is an important one as we think about our own personal investment we make in our learning:
  30. 30. “Einstein once remarked that if he were about to be killed and had only one hour to figure out how to save his life, he would devote the first 55 minutes of that hour to searching for the right question. Once he had that question, Einstein said, finding the answer would take only about 5 minutes.”
  31. 31. When we, as learners, know what kinds of questions to start asking, we’re in a much better position to understand what we are reading and learning about.
  32. 32. “Whew! This is some POWERFUL stuff!” Let’s take a time-out and do some processing… • What are the three most important things you’ve learning about IMAGINATION? • What are the three most important things you’ve learned about CURIOSITY?
  33. 33. Presentation based on: Classroom Habitudes. Angela Maiers Educational Services, Inc, 2008.
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