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There is a test in this story: See if you get it

Found in: Leadership Blog

The holidays were quite busy for me. The first half, I accompanied 20 students from Jakarta to Surabaya in Indonesia.

The students ranged from Years 7 to 11, in fact, the youngest turned 13 on the trip. They were all a great bunch of kids and showed real resilience and capacity throughout the trip. Thank you, Ibu Jones, for putting in the wonderful effort to organise this opportunity. Check out the link if you would like to read our Indonesian Trip 2018 Blog (https://mcc2018indonesiantour.wordpress.com/).

For the second half of the holidays, I attended a conference in Melbourne that was hosted by the Australian Council for Educational Leaders. The conference lasted three days and had exceptional speakers, both International and Australian.

So, here is the test (it comes from the Conference Keynote address):

What single characteristic in a person causes these outcomes?

• It is as important as intelligence in student success
• It is as important as persistence in student success
• It supports better job performance throughout the life
• It leads to better relationships
• People with more of it have great life satisfaction
• It can help us live longer
• It is a common characteristic of good leaders

I almost feel like I’ll make you wait till next week for the answer…

(It’s curiosity!)

Interesting isn’t it. One unfortunate statistic is that generally curiosity declines as education continues.

I’m glad we purposefully encourage curiosity in the way we develop learning across the college. From guided play (and the outdoor kitchen) in the early learning years to inquiry learning as students develop to creating challenging experiences in the senior school.

Curiosity primes our brains for learning.

Curiosity is a great motivator and is often cultivated by the way we ask questions and pose information for our children to consider.
Curiosity fills the knowledge gaps that arise when we desire to move from what we know through to what we are interested in.

Here are some hints to help you inspire curiosity at home:

1. Ask questions like: what did you find, see, learn?
2. Can you imagine …? What would that look like?
3. Stretch thinking: where else …? What would happen if?
4. Personalize their thinking: How do you feel about?

Once you think about how to cultivate curiosity, there are so many ways.

Rod McNeill

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