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Curiosity - October 2016

Teachers have been busy examining the evidence collected in our Self-Study and have started developing the Action Plan we will use to guide our practice over the next five years.  Thank you so much to each of you who shared your experiences and impressions through the online survey.  Your input has been extremely valuable!


In the month of October, we have been focusing on the PYP attitude Curiosity.  People who are curious want to know more about the nature of learning and of the world, its people, and cultures. (IBO.org) Curiosity is an attitude that naturally leads to the development of the PYP trait Inquirer.


Children are inherently curious, and our role as parents and teachers is to foster this curiosity by encouraging investigation into their areas of interest and by guiding their inquiries so they delve deeper and ask more meaningful and thought-provoking questions.  We certainly want children to develop a factual understanding of things, but we strive to help children develop a broader, conceptual understanding as well.


We should always remember to recognize individual differences in children’s styles of curiosity.  Some children want to explore ideas with their minds, while others want to explore in more physical ways, by touching, smelling, tasting, building, dissembling, or climbing.  With encouragement, every child can find things they are interested in learning more about.  We also need to remember that curiosity can lead to mess and muddle, and that learning and development is more about the process than the product.