What Do You Want to Know?
I talk to a lot of educators. Loving children and tapping into their curiosity, they say, is one of the many reasons a teacher decides to teach. I think it’s why I’d want to be a teacher. Teachers have such great enthusiasm to help kids “get it.” Sometimes, because of the system we are in or the constraints against us, teachers get bogged down with the standards and testing requirements that prevent them from focusing on the very things that moved them to be teachers in the first place. As a result, our kids often lose their voices. We adults are not necessarily listening as well or as much as we would like to be. My colleagues and I started thinking about how we could bring that to light and do something to remind all of us that our learners need to be heard. Their curiosities fed. Their sparks ignited.
So we asked the students this question, “At your deepest level, what do you most want to know in your lifetime?” Why? Because when we know what drives them as human beings, we can better reach and engage them. We can help ignite their hope of knowing. Here is what they said...
– Randy Wilhelm, CEO & Co-founder of Knovation