Early learning teachers play a significant role in supporting children’s desire to be curious and opportunities to execute their ideas or areas for exploration. The ultimate outdoor play environments are those that have teachers who support the children in having the freedom to explore and engage in hands-on, experiential play with the majority of the ideas and plan of execution evolving from the children. The children determine the idea, how to execute the idea and when they have answered their questions.
Children that are exposed to teachers that support them in their play by giving them time, engaging in discussions and questions and accepting how children may move in new directions, their curiosity will be honoured.
Children want to know things. They want to feel, look, and figure out what they can do with objects and ideas. Their curiosity drives much of their learning – through questioning, observations of other children and adults, listening to the conversations between children and adults, and tinkering with their ideas and the environment.
Think about the role of the early learning teacher.
What are the ultimate behaviours and dispositions that early learning teachers exhibit to support children’s curiosity?
What teacher behaviours might stifle curiosity?
How do you exhibit your level of enthusiasm and curiosity when outdoors with the children?
How do you value curiosity?
Use the Comments box below to share your perspectives on the role of the early learning teacher in supporting children’s curiosity. Are there particular adult behaviours that you have observed that stifle children’s curiosity?