Curiosity nudges us toward the unknown. We ask questions, conduct research, and, often, get lost in a love of the pursuit. When students have their curiosity piqued, studies show they are more likely to remember what they learn, and feel more reward in the learning. So how can teachers unleash this magical elixir of engagement and enrichment in their classrooms? How do you stimulate students thirst for knowing? Tell us how you use lesson and unit design, write essential questions, engage student choice, choose materials, configure student groupings, design extension activities, or set up your classroom to catalyze curious minds.
ASCD Express is looking for 600–1,000-word essays or brief multimedia content on the theme “Encouraging Curious Minds.” Guidelines for submissions are here; please send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 1, 2016.
ASCD is also still accepting submissions for “Looking at Student Work.”