Curiosity is one of my favorite words in English (along with transcend and lovely but that is another story). And, interestingly enough, I've learned in the past year that curiosity is incredibly important to the learning process.
Curious, by definition, means, “eager to know or learn something.”
When I think of eager, I think of a child. More specifically, I think of my daughter and the way she acts when she wants to research a specific monster in her Fantastic Beasts book (thanks J.K. Rowling!), or when she takes a notebook to write in when we go to the science museum.
She can’t wait to dive in!
It’s this state of eagerness and anticipation that we need more of in learning environments. This is because science is now showing us that when our brain is in a state of curiosity, our brains are better prepared to learn and make memories related to what we are learning (Rachel Paling, the author of Brain-Friendly Grammar, explores this more in her book).
It is so important that coaches who use Neurolanguage Coaching®* are consistently trying to pique our learners' curiosity by asking provocative questions that aid them in making connections.