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Checkpoint One: Curiosity – discussion…

Is it necessary to assess curiosity? Yes, I think so. Not to give a grade, but to understand and help direct learners understand their learning. One way to differentiate learning is on the basis of level of curiosity. If kids are already curious about a topic, it is easy to set them a challenge and get them going. Less curious students usually need more structure, different tasks and multiple iterations of review and practice.

Kids are not going to be uniformly curious about all topics, although some kids are curious about almost everything. Some kids aren’t curious about anything, so nurturing their curiosity can be difficult. An assessment of curiosity as well as prior knowledge would be really helpful.

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