Cate’s graduation address on CURIOSITY drums up many examples of how students at The Lexington School learn this important Mission Skill. The question “WHY?” is a welcome one at TLS and not because teachers have the answer; it’s so the kids can figure it out.
Teaching intellectual curiosity is tricky. It takes teachers who have the time, freedom, and resources to be thoughtful and creative in their planning, to create an environment for learning where the question “Why?” happens all of the time. Want to know what lights the fire? Here are 8 characteristics of a school where curiosity grows:
- A physical environment with natural light and space to see and move.
- A bright and cheery ambience where learning feels positive.
- A design in lessons where all the senses are engaged.
- A plan where all students are actively involved.
- Teachers who facilitate. Students are the center of the learning.
- Different learning styles are embraced.
- A space where it is okay to get messy. Kids need to get their hands dirty.
- Lessons have variety. Students get to look at things more than one way.
Cate gives a snapshot of how teachers at The Lexington School inspire intellectual curiosity from performances to trips and much in between. Curiosity stands alone as the skill that takes Cate and her peers much further in a life where they will love learning forever.
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
― Albert Einstein