In the first episode of Season 2, Curtis and Joanie discuss one of Curtis' favorite ideas - fostering curiosity and exploration in the math classroom. It's a common idea that math teachers can support students in "exploring the world through math," but in this episode we think about turning that phrase on its head and wondering how we can "explore mathematics through the world?" With this goal in mind, educators could provide experiences where they are asking the questions that drive their learning.
Creating these experiences for students requires intentional teacher planning, and doesn't mean that we allow the learning to be a free-for-all! Teachers will need to find balance between providing the structure required to keep the learning focused, while allowing students the freedom to explore, question, and engage in the learning. And since math classrooms are already packed with content, we discuss how to find the time to include curiosity as part of the learning experience. We hope these ideas help you to pass along a legacy of curiosity to your students!
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