GOOD evening creative minds
My last class on this platform was on ART (WHY IS IT IMPORTANTAN FOR MY CHILD TO LEARN ART?)
You can use the link below to read the conversation
Today I will be sharing another aspect that made me who I am; CURIOSITY.
The reason for todays topic is because I’m a product of curiosity. Looking back in life I observed that humans are driven by curiosity, We are deeply curious naturally.
My sense of curiosity is important to my success. Curiosity is a fundamental piece and a powerful tool teachers need to encourage students in the classroom environment.
Humans are such curious creatures. They explore, question, and wonder, and by doing so, learn. From the moment of birth, When we are curious about something new, we want to explore it. And while exploring we discover. Because by turning the light switch on and off over and over again, the child is learning about cause and effect. By pouring water into a dozen different-shaped containers and on the floor and over clothes, the 4-year-old is learning pre-concepts of mass and volume.
A child discovers the sweetness of chocolate pizza and, the bitterness of lemon, the heat of the radiator, and the cold of ice cream.
This means that the world of a child is full of new foods to taste, new people to meet, new games to play, words to understand, new materials to explore, places to visit, and concepts to master.
Due to my observations as an art educator and evaluations of teachers competencies I observed that children are curious to ask questions that start with how, what, when, where and why, and this provoke some teachers during the lesson
Unfortunately teachers don’t know that Curiosity grows from when a child feels SAFE AND FAMILIAR WITH THEM.
A secure child with a familiar teacher on a field trip to the zoo will be excited. She will explore and ask dozens of questions. In contrast, a shy or timid child, will quietly tolerate the field trip and feel mostly discomfort.
From my observations curiosity is fading. Curiosity dimmed is a future denied. Our potential emotional, social, and cognitive is expressed through the quantity and quality of our experiences. And the less-curious child will make fewer new friends, join fewer social groups, read fewer books, and take fewer hikes.
Just imagine Mark Zugabuk and Bill Gates
There are three common ways teachers constrain or even crush the enthusiastic exploration of the curious child: 1) FEAR, 2) DISAPPROVAL AND 3) ABSENCE. 4) LACK OF ANSWER TO QUESTIONS
Fear: Fear kills curiosity. When the child’s world is chaotic or when he is afraid, he will not like novelty. He will seek the familiar, staying in his comfort zone, unwilling to leave and explore new things. Children impacted by war, natural disasters, family distress, or violence all have their curiosity crushed.
Disapproval: “Dont touch. Dont climb. Dont yell. Dont take that apart. Dont get dirty. Dont. Dont. Dont.” Children sense and respond to our fears, biases, and attitudes. If we convey a sense of disgust at the mud on their shoes and the slime on their hands, their discovery of tadpoles will be diminished.
Absence: The presence of a caring, invested adult provides two things essential for optimal exploration: 1) a sense of safety from which to set out to discover new things and 2) the capacity to share the discovery and, thereby, get the pleasure and reinforcement from that discovery
lack of answers to questions: Having an expertise in reading, writing, math or science is necessary, but the ability to contribute to all curious questions in the classroom is what makes an excellent teacher stand out.
Imagine a child asking you this tomorrow: Is Nigeria going for 2018 RUSSIA WORLD CUP?
And as a teacher you are to provide an answer to the curious questions in the classroom
How will you answer when you don’t know Nigeria will to play with Argentina?
What to do as a teacher to solve this problem
Recognize individual differences in childrens styles of curiosity. Some want to explore with only their minds, others in more physical ways touching, smelling, tasting, and climbing. To some degree these differences are related to temperamental differences in the exploratory drive. Some children are more timid; others are more comfortable with novelty and physical exploration. Yet even the timid child will be very curious; he may require more encouragement and reinforcement to leave safe and familiar situations.
Try to redefine “failure.” In truth, curiosity often leads to more mess than mastery, but it is how we handle the mess that helps encourage further exploration, and thereby, development. Redefine failure. When the 5-year-old is learning to jump rope and he trips a thousand times, this is not a thousand failures it is determination.
Use your attention and approval to reinforce the exploring child. When exploration in the classroom is disruptive or inappropriate, contain it by teaching the child when and where to do that kind of exploration: “Tommy, lets play with water outside.”
If we let them, children can reintroduce us to the world. When we truly allow a child to share his discoveries with us, we experience the joys of rediscovery and in doing so, learn ourselves.
Curiosity has numerous meanings and applies differently to all students. The importance of getting kids to take risks is to embrace their own curiosity and to be confident in where their minds wander. So its up to us to create spaces and cultures of originality to breed these new ideas.
ENCOURAGING CURIOSITY IN THE CLASSROOM. A WhatsApp forum with MR. ODETOLA EBENEZER ISRAEL
*ODETOLA EBENEZER ISRAEL*
_Learning Environment Therapist, Art Educator And Creativity Consultant_
Odetola Ebenezer, a multi-talented motivational speaker, experienced, enthusiastic and focused creativity educator, Trainer and learning environment therapist. he was born in shomolu, Lagos State. He went to Tomia Community Senior Secondary School, Lagos. He bagged his National Certificate Education in Fine and Applied Arts from Federal College of Education Technical Akoka. He studied Early Childhood Education from University Of Lagos and Fine Arts (B.F.A.) course in University of Benin. He is a principal consultant of Creative mind educo with about 5,000 members on WhatsApp. Whither the aim *”Creative mind educo committed to supporting teaches and professionals worldwide in their efforts to craft educational environments where adults and children thrive – environments that foster friendship, curiosity, self-esteem, joy, creativity and respect; where the talents of all are fully challenged and justly rewarded.” He is a seasoned creative educator per-excellent. He teaches creative arts and consult at Supreme Education Foundation Schools. and project Consultant at The King’s School – Lagos. His passion for education holds no bounds and he is constantly seeking reform in the educator, embarking on delivering training programmes in the area of creativity, innovation, practice in education and teacher’s competence. He is a household name in the child education in Nigerian.