Curiouser and Curiouser! Alice cried out towards her feet that were further and further. “How cute!” That is my first thought. “How to keep kids curious and how to make their curiosity burn higher?” My second thought jumped to me right after that.
As we help children get out into the world to do their learning well, we can get more of the world into the schools. Aside from their parents, most children never have any close contact with any adults except their teachers. No wonder they have no idea what adult life or work is like. We need to bring more people who are not full-time teachers into the schools. In New York City, under the teachers' and writers' collaborative, real writers come into the schools, read their work, and talk to the children about the problems of their craft. The children love it. In another school, a practicing attorney comes in every month and talks to several classes about the law. Not the law it is in books, but the law as he sees it and encounters it in his cases. And the children listen with intense interest. Here's something even easier: let children work together, help each other, learn from each other and each other's mistakes. We now know from this experience of many schools that children are often the best teachers of other children. What's more important, we know that when the fifth floor six-grader who is being having trouble with reading, starts helping a first-grader, his own reading sharply improves. A number of schools are beginning to use what some call paired learning. This means that you let children form partnerships with other children. Do their work even including their tests together and share whatever marks or results this work gets. Just like grown-ups in the real world. It seems to work。
Curiosity, the greatest power that leads human from cave to house, from tribe to country, from village to around the world and now to the Mars, which is also so fragile that many adults forget all about it, and even hurting kids’ curiosity witfully or not.
Questions 23 to 25 are based on the passage you've just heard。
Now we all know that stopping kids’ questions are damaging kids’ curiosity. We also know that giving kids firm answers without providing kids opportunities to explore, make mistakes, and discover new things are damaging kids’ curiosity. Than what can we do to keep kids curiosity burning? Are there different curiosity? How can we, as parents and teachers, getting these curiosity stronger and deeper?
23: Why does the speaker say most children have no idea what adult life is like?
Questions and questions!
Yes, questions are the carrier of curiosity. If we kill questions, we kill curiosity. First, we tell kids their questions are great, even if we cannot answer them. If we have to shift to other urgent things first, let’s write down the questions and always come back to it later. This way, kids know we love his questions and when he grow up, he will love his own questions and his curiosity will not die out.
But, do we answer all kids’ questions? What if we have hard time to answer them for the questions are beyond our capability or not what we want to answer? Well, even if we can answer their questions easily, do not always provide answers back for this is the great chance for them to know more just your simple answer. For some questions, we can ask questions back to guide them think further. For some questions, we can find a book or a video to read together and dig out lot more information around the questions. We can work with our kids to do an experiment and discover the answers together or simply ask them to try it out! Or, there would be time, it is ok we tell them to wait. If we respect kids enough and do not do this push-off too often, this will not hurt their curiosity.
When kids grow older, unfortunately, they will be busy with homeworks, how sad! But we can always write down all the questions and when we can find a time, maybe one hour a week or even one hour a month, we can open up the question log with kids and work on the one he pick. He will remember forever the happiness to explore with adults’ love and support.