Building a Curious School

  • Title:Building a Curious School: Restore the Joy That Brought You to School
  • Author:Bryan Goodwin
  • Publication Date:March 2020
  • ISBN:9781071813928
  • Publisher:Corwin Press

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.


Author Bio

Bryan Goodwin, a former teacher and journalist, has spent the last fifteen years working for McREL International, a nonprofit education research and development organization. He has authored or co-authored several books and he also writes a monthly research column for Educational Leadership magazine and presents research findings and insights to audiences across the world.

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