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Teaching Kids to Learn: Stay Curious

Catherina Fisher

“I love learning, and when I get the opportunity to learn I’m stimulated and I’m happy… Curiosity is my prime mover, not an effect of something that happens to me.”

Wouldn’t your heart leap if you heard a 12-year-old describe their love of learning in this way? Sure, it might take an exceptionally articulate 12-year-old to use a sophisticated term like “prime mover,” but the invigorating thrill of curiosity and simple unadulterated delight in learning are clear.

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  • Kris Giere

    I am constantly challenging my friends, family, and students to rediscover their "inner 3 year old." That part of themselves that inquires about the world around them with awe, admiration, and excitement. Many times for young learners, the frightening moments still inspire inquisition once the flurry of emotions settles, ending in questions like "why did that happen?" The power of curiosity is that it is not deterred by set backs. Often, it is inspired by them. I remind myself too to look at the world with curious eyes and ask the probing questions until my thirst for learning is sated, even if it is only temporarily. Thanks for sharing, Catherine!

    • Catherina Fisher

      Curiosity is so natural but often forgotten.. It's hard to think as a 3 year old these days, but definitely worth it! Thanks for your comment, Kris!