Passion. Curiosity. Questioning.

CEP 812 has opened my eyes to the powerful world of questioning. Society has taught us to limit our questions and go with the flow, but through reading Warren Berger’s book, A More Beautiful Question (2016), I have learned that the most innovative ideas are created through passion, curiosity and questioning. This idea has lead me to my own beautiful question: How can I inspire passion, curiosity and questioning in my own classroom, and how can technology play a role in this?

In Thomas Friedman’s article, It’s P.Q. and C.Q. as Much as I.Q. (2013), he explains that we can no longer just rely on our wealth of information that we hold within to advance in a society that already has an abundance of knowledge at our fingertips, but rather, we need to take initiative to innovate and create. As an educator, it is up to me to facilitate this passion and curiosity with my students. Helping others question can stir the ideas and potential answers that they already have in their heads (Berger, 2016).

As I think about my beautiful question, I reflect on my everyday decisions as an educator. I can admit that there are times when I am just trying to reach the top of the mountain, as Berger would say, but I also have realized that I am striving to answer my beautiful question. I am constantly asking how to introduce content in a way that will spark students’ interests and curiosity, how to incorporate their own passion’s into learning, how to help them explore, create and share their ideas, and of course, how technology can enhance their journey of learning and innovation. However, I am not the only one asking questions. My students are constantly being challenged to ask their own questions to engage, explore, create and share what they are curious and passionate about.

I have created a Thinglink to showcase passion, curiosity and questioning in my classroom.References

Berger, W. (2016). A more beautiful question: The power of inquiry to spark breakthrough ideas. New York: Bloomsbury.

Friedman, T. L. (2013, January 30). It’s P.Q. and C.Q. as Much as I.Q. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/30/opinion/friedman-its-pq-and-cq-as-much-as-iq.html

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