Building a Curious School

Building a Curious School

Restore the Joy That Brought You to School

By: Bryan Goodwin

Publication date: 2020
ISBN: 9781071813928
Highlights: New Release

Unleash the power of curiosity and the joy of learning!

Curiosity is hardwired in all of us, but the longer students stay in school, the less curious they become.  Why is that?

 

Building a Curious School uncovers the many subtle ways in which formal education seems to hinder our natural curiosity and reveals how rekindling a sense of wonder in schools can prime the pump for learning, foster a culture of engagement, grow better educational leaders, and prepare students and staff to lead more fulfilling lives. Grounded in research, this engaging examination of curiosity shows educators how to intentionally cultivate inquisitiveness and wonder in teaching and learning.

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Building a Curious School uncovers the many subtle ways in which formal education seems to hinder our natural curiosity and reveals how rekindling a sense of wonder in schools can prime the pump for learning, foster a culture of engagement, grow better educational leaders, and prepare students and staff to lead more fulfilling lives. Grounded in research, this engaging examination of curiosity shows educators how to intentionally cultivate inquisitiveness and wonder in teaching and learning. It includes:

 

  • A plethora of activities, ideas, and tips to encourage curiosity
  • Compelling examples of curiosity at work in schools, businesses, and communities
  • Tools for supporting curiosity in ways that spark meaningful conversations and promote empathy, equity, and social-emotional learning

 

If you've ever wondered anything, really—just out of curiosity—then you've got what it takes to lead your school to restored curiosity and your students to wellbeing and success. 

 

"This book lays out a vision as to the way schools can and should be approached to stimulate curiosity as a natural part of the teaching/learning process.”

--Robert J. Marzano, cofounder and CAO, Marzano Resources; cofounder and strategic advisor, Marzano Research

 

“A powerful ‘must-read’ for all educators who want learning not only to be lively but also impactful and meaningful for every student.”

--Lyn Sharratt, internship supervisor, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

 

Building a Curious School is an updated version of previous book by Bryan Goodwin titled Out of Curiosity. Building a Curious School focuses has a sharpened focus on increasing curiosity in classrooms and contains practical activties, ideas, and tips for teachers and principals to enact in their schools.

Pages: 224
Publisher: Corwin
Edition: 1st
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Bryan Goodwin

Bryan Goodwin is president and CEO of McREL International. For 21 years at McREL, he has translated research into practice, scanning the world for new insights and best practices on teaching and leading, and has helped educators everywhere adapt them to address their own challenges. A frequent conference presenter, he is the author of Out of Curiosity: Restoring the Power of Hungry Minds for Better Workplaces, Schools, and Lives and Simply Better: Doing What Matters Most to Change the Odds for Student Success, as well as co-author of Curiosity Works: A Guidebook for Moving Your School from Improvement to Innovation, Unstuck: How Curiosity, Peer Coaching, and Teaming Can Change Your School, Balanced Leadership for Powerful Learning: Tools for Achieving Success in Your School, and The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching: A Checklist for Staying Focused Every Day. Before joining McREL in 1998, Bryan was a college instructor, a high school teacher, and a business journalist.

Education: M.A. Rhetoric and Communication Studies, University of Virginia; B.A. Professional Writing and Environmental Studies, Baylor University