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 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?
My goal in the classroom: to meet each child where they are, to recognize the unique talents they bring to the classroom, and to inspire them to ask questions through exploration, find answers in many ways, and share their learning within many contexts.
I have been a educator in K-8 classrooms in French Immersion in Canada since 1999. 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 and learning leader 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!