Curiosities and Puzzlements

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The Puzzlements Mailer is on Summer Break until September. Here is a Puzzlement Tournament if you'd like to work through some links from the past.

Creating A Culture of Curiosity

Many students don’t feel comfortable being curious at school. They’ve learned that asking a question might make them look foolish, slow down the class, or even upset the teacher. So if you want curious students, you have to retrain them to be curious again. You have to spend some time creating a culture of curiosity. This mailing list will give you some ammo.

Each week, you’ll get a list of five links to: fascinating images, interesting articles, and intriguing videos to share with your class.

Check out the past mailers here.

What Do I Do With This?

Take two minutes, show a puzzlement, and simply let your students ask questions. Let them wonder. Let them make unexpected connections and share personal experiences. For more ideas, read this article about tickling curiosity.

Don’t assign homework or create classwork out of these questions, or you’ll quench the fire.

If kids want to find the answer, they’ll find it on their own time. If not, then maybe it just wasn’t that interesting to them. And that’s fine.

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Who Makes This?

I’m Ian Byrd, a former sixth-grade teacher. I write about gifted education at Byrdseed.com