What is a scientist? What colour is water? How far away is space? What does connect mean? What is the difference between a wasp and a bee? Why do some plants have spikey bits?
These are some of the questions sparking learning investigations in Early Learning Beaumont just now. Importantly, these questions have come from the learners themselves and their motivation to pursue them offers a great starting point for their teacher to support and guide the ensuing learning as well as to find ways to ‘map’ this work to the curriculum in literacy and numeracy as well as sciences or social sciences or the arts.
In our world of instant information, it’s easier than ever to find answers, but sometimes easy to forget how important it is to ask questions – especially the right kinds of questions. Our Early Learners readily demonstrate their curiosity through an endless stream of questions. Our challenge (as teachers and as parents) is to create learning environments that invite and support questions from students of all ages, and then to guide and coach them in the art of asking the right kinds of questions.
‘The important thing is not to stop questioning, never lose a holy curiosity, never stop to marvel…’ is one of many widely referenced Einstein quotes evidencing his assertion that questioning and curiosity are the keys to learning. Warren Berger’s books, A more Beautiful Question (2014) and The Book of Beautiful Questions (2018) are examples of publications arising from research over decades of work on the importance of inquiry in learning as well as life.
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