Sunday Scoop 1/21/18

Posted by Patrick Wallace on 1/21/2018 12:00:00 PM

Sunday, January 21st, 2018


ABCs of Student Success 

Q is for Questions!

Asking questions is something students should do a lot of, but sometimes don’t as they get older. If we think back to their early years as infants, kids are born with a natural sense of curiosity. They question everything and ask for us as adults to constantly tell them what things are or what they do. They are in such a state of learning about the world around them, that their curiosity cannot be satisfied. We want our students to maintain that thirst for knowledge and continue to develop curiosity about the world around them. Curiosity fuels learning and helps students identify things they are passionate learning about.

Research suggests that intellectual curiosity has as big of an effect on performance as hard work. When put together, curiosity and hard work account for success just as much as intelligence. Another study found that people who were curious about a topic retained what they learned for longer periods of time. And even more impressive, research has linked curiosity to a wide range of important adaptive behaviors, including tolerance of anxiety and uncertainty, positive emotions, humor, playfulness, out-of-box thinking, and a noncritical attitude -- all attributes associated with healthy social outcomes.

So, how do we inspire our students to be curious? According to an article from the education website, Edutopia, here are nine ways to help develop students’ curiosity:

1. Value and reward curiosity.

Often, the temptation is to reward children when their curiosity leads to a desired outcome or good grade. But it's more important to notice and reinforce curiosity when you see it in action. When you praise children by describing how their questions, explorations, and investigations are contributing to their own learning, you let them know that they are valued for their motivation, regardless of the grade they achieve.

2. Teach children how to ask quality questions.

Quality questions are a vital medium for curiosity. Google is great at finding answers but doesn't stimulate the formation of questions. Good questions contain "why," "what if," and "how."

3. Notice when kids feel puzzled or confused.

Is there a "teachable moment" that will spark a desire to search for answers? How can you invite children to see problems as mysteries waiting to be solved?

4. Encourage children to tinker.

Tinkering might be constructive play with concepts, ideas, and materials. How can children create a new widget, essay, blog article, poem, science experiment, service, or product from their explorations? Tinkering with materials stimulates curiosity and leads to innovative outcomes.

5. Spread the curiosity around.

Create opportunities for more-curious and less-curious children to work together. Curiosity is contagious in groups working toward a real-world common goal, helping to cross-pollinate questions and new ideas.

6. Use current events.

News reports can lead children to ask purposeful questions that help unearth what's beneath the surface of societal problems. According to research, asking "why" is the critical ingredient in unraveling these difficult conflicts. This often gets to the fundamental reason for why people disagree about solutions.

7. Teach children to be skeptics.

The term skeptic is derived from the Greek skeptikos, meaning "to inquire" or "to look around." A skeptic requires additional evidence before accepting someone's claims as true. He or she is willing to challenge the status quo with open-minded, deep questioning.

8. Explore a variety of cultures and societies.

Seeing what else exists in the world around them helps spark children’s curiosity.

9. Model curiosity.

Let children see you ask questions, solve problems, seek solutions, or engage in a passion project that promotes your learning and encourage them to assist you in the process. This helps teach children what to do when they are curious about something.


Attendance Update

Average Daily Attendance Data= 94.62%

% of Students Present 90% of the Time= 86.9%

Goal= At least 90% of Students Present 90% of the Time

We are close, we can do it! Everyday matters!

The Weeks Ahead

Save the Date!

Father-Daughter Dance, Friday, February 9th 6:00-8:00 PM at West Elementary 


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