Curious

1) Solve interesting problems and 2) lead. These are the only two things we should teach in school. Yes!!! The more I reflect on this idea in Linchpin (especially the former)the more I agree. I like that author uses the word "interesting" to describe the problems. As a librarian, I am constantly helping students with research. I believe students must really find the problems interesting to fully commit to learning. This week, I started a research project with all my third graders. I started every lesson with this quote by Walt Disney: "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." I want students to know how important I think it is to be curious. It saddens me when students say they are bored or leave the library without finding a book. I do not want them to view reading/learning as a chore, and personally challenge myself to change their viewpoint on a daily basis. I can see where children start kindergarten with so much curiosity, but some of that curiosity is squelched as they have to adjust to a school environment. I feel fortunate to be in the perfect setting and role to embrace a student's curiosity. I encourage curiosity any time I have the opportunity. I love answering a student's questions with more questions and following up to see what they learn on their own. Hopefully by discussing curiosity and leading by example, I am making some difference. For me, the problem of some students not reading is "interesting." I am passionate about finding ways to share my excitement and love for books! I think leadership can be taught, but the instinct of curiosity must be fostered.

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