The Value of Wonder was literally borne out of a lightbulb moment for me; as I was getting my then young son ready for bed, I flipped a light switch and the bulb burned out with a spectacular “pop” and he wondered out loud why it had done so. I didn’t know but said we could find out. In my teaching, wonder and curiosity really are the key to engagement. But what is the value of wonder to society? It can’t be packaged, bought and sold. It doesn’t actually have any value. But it’s the only thing that matters.
How do we create it in our learning communities?
“The key to [the transformation in education] is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.” – Sir Ken Robinson
This video of Sir Ken Robinson and his book “The Element; How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything”, has enormously influenced my thinking on education and being an educator. My goal in the classroom is to meet each child where they are, to recognize the unique talents and learning styles they bring to the classroom, and to inspire them to ask questions, find answers, and share their learning.
I have been an educator in French Immersion in Canada since 1999. I have been a classroom teacher in Grades 1-8. I love teaching! That “aha!” moment that learners have? That’s what I love! Seriously, the kids “aha!” or “ohhh!” every day and that’s when I know they have connected the dots, understood something new, or seen a new way of thinking.
Part of my role as a teacher is to demonstrate the power of being a life-long learner. I get excited about learning, about setting goals and meeting them and in helping students do the same!