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Building a Curious School

Restore the Joy That Brought You to School
By: Bryan Goodwin

A Joint Publication With McRel
Foreword by Salome Thomas-EL

If you've ever wondered anything, really—just out of curiosity—then you've got what it takes to lead your students to restored curiosity and success.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071813928
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2020
  • Page Count: 224
  • Publication date: April 16, 2020

Price: $31.95



Unleash the power of curiosity and the joy of learning!

Curiosity is hardwired in all of us, but the longer students stay in school, the less curious they become. Why is that?

Building a Curious School uncovers the many subtle ways in which formal education seems to hinder our natural curiosity and reveals how rekindling a sense of wonder in schools can prime the pump for learning, foster a culture of engagement, grow better educational leaders, and prepare students and staff to lead more fulfilling lives. Grounded in research, this engaging examination of curiosity shows educators how to intentionally cultivate inquisitiveness and wonder in teaching and learning. It includes

· A plethora of activities, ideas, and tips to encourage curiosity

· Compelling examples of curiosity at work in schools, businesses, and communities

· Tools for supporting curiosity in ways that spark meaningful conversations and promote empathy, equity, and social-emotional learning

If you've ever wondered anything, really—just out of curiosity—then you've got what it takes to lead your school to restored curiosity and your students to wellbeing and success.

This book lays out a vision as to the way schools can and should be approached to stimulate curiosity as a natural part of the teaching/learning process.”

--Robert J. Marzano, Cofounder and CAO, Marzano Resources, Cofounder and Strategic Advisor, Marzano Research

“A powerful ‘must-read’ for all educators who want learning not only to be lively but also impactful and meaningful for every student.”

--Lyn Sharratt, Internship Supervisor, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada



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Bryan Goodwin

Bryan Goodwin thrives on translating research into practice, scanning the world for new insights and best practices on teaching and leading, and helping educators everywhere adapt them to address their own challenges. A frequent conference presenter, he is the author of Out of Curiosity: Restoring the Power of Hungry Minds for Better Schools, Workplaces, and Lives and Simply Better: Doing What Matters Most to Change the Odds for Student Success, and is co-author of Curiosity Works: A Guidebook for Moving Your School from Improvement to Innovation; The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching; and Balanced Leadership for Powerful Learning: Tools for Achieving Success in Your School. Before joining McREL in 1998, Bryan was a college instructor, a high school teacher, and an award-winning business journalist.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by Salome Thomas-EL

Part I: Getting Curious About Curiosity

Chapter 1: What is This Funny Little Thing Called Curiosity?

Chapter 2: Are We Naturally Curious?

Chapter 3: This Is Your Brain on Curiosity

Part II: Curiosity in Classrooms

Chapter 4: Quashing Curiosity

Chapter 5: Engineered Boredom

Chapter 6: Reengineering Learning with Curiosity in Mind

Chapter 7: When Teams Lose Their Curiosity

Part III: Curiosity in School Communities

Chapter 8: Inquire Within

Chapter 9: Creating Curious Organizations

Part IV: Curious at Heart

Chapter 10: Alone Together

Chapter 11: Going Cold Turkey

Chapter 12: Falling In Love With Curiosity

Part V: Curious for Good

Chapter 13: The Search for Happiness

Chapter 14: Curiously Happy

Chapter 15: A Wonderful Life

Epilogue: Standing at a Curious Crossroads



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