In his article The 5th C? Curiosity, Questions, and the 4 Cs, Andrew Minigan seeks to add a fifth “C” to Framework for 21st Century Learning’s four existing Cs: creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration. That fifth C is curiosity.
As he mentions,
“Asking questions is not simply a means to gather information. Rather, by asking questions, students can identify their own knowledge gaps and think critically about what they are learning, assess information from individuals and other sources of information, think creatively and divergently, and work constructively with others.”
Though the modern school spends a great deal of time on results-based lessons, learning the value of asking questions and maintaining curiosity is invaluable far beyond the classroom. Teachers – with a bit of creativity – can work to implement asking questions in their classrooms, thus encouraging students to challenge themselves to learn more.
At Genius Plaza, our didactic method of “Learn – Reflect – Re-teach – Peer Review” perpetuates the importance of curiosity in learning. How do we do this?
Learn: students learn a concept using various Learning Objects, including eBooks, vocabulary sets, videos, comprehension exercises, and worksheets.
Reflect: students think back on what they’ve learned, and ask questions about things they don’t understand. They can also comment and ask questions on one another’s work.
Re-teach: once a student has mastered a concept, they reteach it to other students using authoring tools, using their own creativity to create eBooks, games, and more.
Peer review: students comment on each other’s co-creations, and have yet another opportunity not only to repeat the concept, but ask more questions.
Genius Plaza’s didactic method allows for creativity and critical thinking, with curiosity remaining at the forefront. Consistent questioning and the possibility of learning more keeps students engaged throughout the lesson, no matter the concept, and continuously engaged in their own learning journeys.
It is the hope of Genius Plaza and educators everywhere that by remaining curious, students determine what they still have to learn, what they can do to strengthen their abilities, and, most importantly, how they can develop into lifelong learners.