Why Nurturing Curiosity is a Teacher's Greatest Asset

TELL ME WHY: Ramsey Musallum, who's been making things go boom as a chemistry teacher for thirteen years, makes a compelling case that a teacher's greatest strength lies in taking students' curiosity to new levels. Creativity, he says, "transcends all technologies or buzzwords in education." He offers three rules in this marvelous TEDTalk:

  1. Curiosity comes first: "Questions can be windows to great instruction, but not the other way around."
  2. Embrace the mess: "We know learning is ugly...trial and error can still be an informal part" of the teaching process.
  3. Practice reflection: "What we do is important; it deserves our care, but it also deserves our revision."
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