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Maximize Novelty to Enhance Curiosity
September 18, 2020
Curiosity is what keeps me open to a sense of hope. It staves off negativity.
-Carrie Brownstein

“Studies show that children who are significantly more interested in new things show superior cognitive skills, indicating that curiosity correlates to learning and intelligence,” writes Wendy Ostroff, in an article that forms the basis for the newest Exchange Reflections, “Neuroscience of Curiosity.” The author explains that classrooms that maximize novelty help children become more curious.

Ostroff includes multiple ideas to discuss about ways to increase novelty in classrooms. Here are just a couple:

  • Model using materials in new ways (e.g., stacking cans, hiding things in boxes, placing items of interest low and high); use common objects (such as aluminum foil, found objects and loose parts) for both new artistic and new functional purposes.
  • Know when to throw out the schedule and let the structure be driven by authentic opportunities (e.g. when children get deeply engaged in something or when something exciting happens, such as an unexpected snowfall).

Want to join an Exchange Reflections discussion group to experience how it is facilitated by our Dimensions Foundation education specialists, and to meet people from around the nation? Here is the next opportunity: Reflections Discussion: Arts and Nature, September 28.

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Exchange Reflections are designed to help a team of people meet in-person or live online to think deeply together about a topic using an article from Exchange magazine as a guide. Included are discussion questions to help guide reflections, as well as a "Making Commitments" idea sheet to help prompt ideas into action and an Exchange Reflections Certificate. For your convenience, Exchange Reflections are available in PDF format and you can download immediately on your desktop.

We are offering a “choose your price” option during this challenging time. The regular price of Exchange Reflections (which you can distribute to your staff or students) is $10. For those of you able to pay regular price, thank you. It helps us keep paying our staff. For those of you who need to use the 50% off coupon, we understand. Times are tough right now and some budgets are on the edge. Please do what works in your own circumstances.

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