And when we find pattern, when we connect the dots, we experience this cognitive ecstasy, this exhilarating neuro-storm…
And our goal is to create media, to create content, to create spaces that allow us to stay curious, to stay alive, to awaken the wonder-junkie in all of us…
– Daniel Bor
Have you ever wondered why students seem, at times, so bored in the classroom? The problem might not be the style of teaching or the course taught, but a fundamental lack of curiosity from within the student’s perception. Children are born with a feral sense of curiosity and a desire for understanding wich tempers down as they progress through the educational system – to the point where it turns into a chore of going through the motions.
This is what teachers and spearheading leaders need to learn – to stimulate curiosity and generate excitement, in other words, creating ‘awe’ in the classroom. When a student (regardless of educational stage) gets fascinated with the subject, they will blaze through your course material and will start asking questions – being hungry for more; instead of showing sluggish progress (if that) for any other reason than interest in the topic.
But how do you do that, as a teacher or as an educational leader? Well…you don’t. You have to think back to your childhood and remember what sparked your ‘awe’ and how it was to immerse yourself into exploring the object of your curiosity.
So how do you balace this idealistic regression to childhood with the daily demands of passing standardised tests and curriculum rigours? Not to mention the restraints of resources, budgets, staffing and having just 24h in a day to do it all. Well there is no universal answer to that…not yet.
But here is where this ‘key issue’ opens up for discussion and debate – as each of us may find unique solutions to balance the difficulties of bettering the future of our youth.
“Consciousness is our gateway to experience: It enables us to recognize Van Gogh’s starry skies, be enraptured by Beethoven’s Fifth, and stand in awe of a snowcapped mountain. Yet consciousness is subjective, personal, and famously difficult to examine.”
– The Ravenous Brain