Curiouser and Curiouser

Curiouser and Curiouser

By: John Munro

Publication date: 2016
ISBN: 9780994265333

What drives learning? Curiosity. This manual introduces practical ways that teachers can harness the power of curiosity in the classroom, first by understanding how it works and then by identifying ways to nurture and cultivate it as a lifelong resource for growth. Organized by 12 leading questions, the manual takes teachers on a journey that defines curiosity and its role in the classroom, identifies what drives it and what it drives, and demonstrates how classroom dialogue and attitudes can support it. The manual offers specific guidance on how to organize lesson plans and ask thought-provoking questions that boost curiosity, and energize and direct learning.

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Curiosity drives the impulse to learn—and our Curiosity and Powerful Learning model shows school teams how to systemically develop and support curious learners and create an effective, sustainable learning system supported by students, staff, and school leaders. Based on a successful school improvement effort in Melbourne, Australia, these manuals are designed to help teachers, instructional coaches, school leaders, and system administrators embark on a professional journey to lift student literacy, numeracy, and curiosity. Written originally for Australian educators, the theories of action and recommended activities outline practices that have been tested and refined in schools over time and can be adapted and used by schools and districts around the world, including the U.S.

The four manuals at the core of the series—The System and Powerful Learning, Curiosity and Powerful Learning, Leadership for Powerful Learning, and Curiouser and Curiouser—together explain how powerful learning is made real for our students through purposeful, specific changes in whole school culture, classroom culture, leadership, and teaching practice. The manuals advance the notion of “precision without prescription”–helping educators increase their knowledge and abilities regarding effective teaching strategies and allowing them to thoughtfully apply these skills as professionals, rather than prescribing a specific instructional model and mandating that it be followed step-by-step in every classroom.

The series also includes three sequential Models of Practice manuals, which explore in depth six instructional strategies that get to the heart of the learning experience.

Based on the fundamental understanding that schools differ—and must differ—when responding to their communities, the Curiosity and Powerful Learning series supports the idea that diversity among schools is as much a cause for celebration as is consistently high student learning outcomes in all schools. Each manual emphasizes the collective endeavor essential to achieving curiosity-driven powerful learning: teachers working together; students becoming more adept at using curiosity as a learning resource; and leaders communicating purpose and direction. Working together on this journey, everyone monitors outcomes and adapts. Everyone becomes a professional learner.

Pages: 21
Language: English
Publisher: McREL International
Edition: First
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John Munro

Dr. John Munro is a teacher and psychologist whose research interests include gifted education, literacy and mathematics learning, learning difficulties, instructional leadership, and school improvement. He has written Australian curricula and consulted for international education projects including the Aga Khan Academies and the International Baccalaureate. He is the head of studies in gifted education and exceptional learning in the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education.

Curiosity drives the impulse to learn—and our Curiosity and Powerful Learning model shows school teams how to systemically develop and support curious learners and create an effective, sustainable learning system supported by students, staff, and school leaders. Based on a successful school improvement effort in Melbourne, Australia, these manuals are designed to help teachers, instructional coaches, school leaders, and system administrators embark on a professional journey to lift student literacy, numeracy, and curiosity. Written originally for Australian educators, the theories of action and recommended activities outline practices that have been tested and refined in schools over time and can be adapted and used by schools and districts around the world, including the U.S.