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 somehow turns into a chore – a case of going through the motions.
Inspiring leaders can help to stimulate curiosity and generate excitement in students as well as the teachers. In other words, education leaders can create a culture of ‘awe’ in the education. When a student becomes fascinated with the subject, they will blaze through course material – and ask searching, higher-order questions – growing hungry for more.
- How do you do that, as a teacher or as an educational leader? Thinking back to our own childhood might be part of the key.
- How do you balace this idealistic regression to childhood with the daily demands of passing standardised tests and curriculum rigours? Perhaps creating a fearlessnes about doing the ‘right thing’ is as important as being fearful of accountability for examinations.
- How do we become fearless about the restraints of resources, exams, budgets and staffing?
“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