Lesson

Children’s Curiosity and the Role of the Early Learning Teacher

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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?

Comments

  1. Angela George

    the adult behaviours that stifle children’s would be not listening to them, not acknowledging their words, thoughts or actions; role modeling discomfort when outside; refusing to play with them when they ask; not supplying them with the materials to extend their play; interacting with the child only when you want to stop them for whatever the reason; lack of enthusiasm

  2. Barb Keller

    For supporting children’s curiosity we can provide materials that will extend play and also give children uninterrupted time to explore and play.

    When a educator says “no” automatically as they think it is to dangerous.

  3. Christine Norman

    Early Childhood Educators role in supporting children’s is supporting children’s play by providing materials and environment as well a ensuring the children have extended opportunity for outdoor play. Educators should also extend the children’s learning by asking questions, showing interest and excitement in what the children are doing as well as having their own positive outlook on being outdoors. Educators can stifle children’s learning and enjoyment of being outdoors by being negative , passive and uninterested in the play. Also just by being negative about being outside in general.

  4. Jo White

    The role of the early learning teacher in supporting children’s curiosity is to give the children the freedom to engage in play and to explore their surroundings encouraging but not controlling the experiences. Allowing children to feel, see, hear, figure things out in their outdoor environment. Adults that are fearful stifle the children’s growth by stopping them due to their own fears, adults that are controlling they have to be in control of every situation, can stifle a child’s curiosity

  5. Rachael Ewan

    I have seen adults that take over for children to finish a task or do something “the right way” I think this stifles creativity. Teachers who are curious themselves and use language that does not direct the child, but instead encourages them to think for themselves support curiosity.

  6. Daphne Hachey

    I think when adults arent giving full attention an excitment for curiosities. or when children ask questions, find discoveries and teachers tell them thats not the focus at the time/thats a freetime activity

  7. lisa.rodney

    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? The adult should be excited about learning along with the children and should be slowing down to experience the children’s wonder and joy. There should be a lot of interaction and discussion, with a lot of open ended questions – and not labelling questions. Starting a lot of questions with …I wonder why… or…How do you think…. When adults are directing the play, telling children what and how to do something, telling children what will happen before they get to try something and not slowing down to allow the children to wonder and question, but jumping in with the “right” answer curiosity is stifled. When adults have their own agenda about the learning they want to see and are more concerned with imparting their knowledge or looking to technology for the answers, children don’t have time to be curious.

  8. Xintong Wang

    An early learning teacher that supports the children’s curiosity usually will engage in the exploring with the children and ask questions and trying to figure out and learn with the children. Also to give them the freedom to explore, experience and learn.

    An adult who have behaviors that will stifle the curiosity are when they are afraid to explore at the beginning, they won’t allow children to get dirty, to touch certain things and to play freely.

  9. Krista Ambrose

    An early learning teacher that supports the children’s curiosity will answer questions but will also ask more open ended questions to engage the child. They will let the child continue to explore. An adult behaviour that will stifle children’s curiosity are they don’t want children to get dirty, or take a risk. The adult is not dressed for the appropriate weather (snow suit and boots in winter).

  10. Lindsey Cooper

    My role as an early childhood teacher is to keep an open mind, share in a child’s excitement, and ask questions to help scaffold their learning. To stifle their curiosity I would have to oppose them getting dirty, not let them engage in risky play, and take no interest in what they are learning.

  11. Jody Anderson

    Early learning teachers need to show openess and acceptance of all types of learning and accept the various stages that the children will choose to interact with the materials provided or the spaces they are exploring. They need to be curious themselves and want to learn about their finding in nature and the world as a whole. They need to be flexible and willing to go with the flow when the ideas that they presented or materials they used to enhance the environment are used in a different way.

    What teacher behaviours might stifle curiosity?
    Being rigid in your time management. Not being open to overlaps from one acivity to the next. Fpr example if you had planned on doing an art activity first thing in the morning but the children were interested in something somebody had discoverd the night before, or the morning of the educator should be able to follow that lead and go with it putting the art activity off for a littel bit later. Expecting perfection in children, being rigid in your behaviour management, not allowing for risky play, and not allowing children to discover their own physical limits ie. climbing trees . Planning art experiences that focus on the product and not the process stifles creativity. Not allowing children to get dirty or messy. Adults who use language that models to the child that they are not free to explore and investigate in their own way instead of the educators ideas. Planning a program does not take into account the childrens interests. Teachers who do not change the environment and want things to always stay the same.

    There is always something new to learn in the tiniest of discoveries and by teaching children you are excited about those little findings sets a good example for them as well.

  12. Jasmine Park

    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?

    Edcators’ attitude definately afftect to children’s curiosity. If educators show wonder, excitement and eager to learn about children’s curiosity, children will get support to dig into their interest. If educators didn’t care about children’s curiosity, children will shift their attention into other thing easily. Especially, educators’ too much worries about risk will stifle children’s curiosity. “Do not touch the bug. it will bite you.” “Do not climb up the tree. you will fall.” “Do not roll on the hill. You will bump into the rock.” If educators only focus on safety, how can children explore and have curiosity? We need to reflect on our practice and attitude toward children.

  13. Rachelle Gregoire

    A childs curiosity can be stifled when they are told to be careful all the time. Teachers can affect the outcome by being interested in what the kids are doing and excited about their discoveries and successes. , trying new things and trying new loose parts.

  14. Heather Brekkaas

    I work in elementary, and I have seen students curiousity stopped in many ways. Some teachers will not allow students to ask questions when they are curious. They aren’t allowed to touch what they want, or play how they want, or get wet or muddy. I’ve seen students try to tell their teacher something and be brushed offed or ignored completely because it isn’t important to the teacher, but it really is to the student.

  15. Karin Freiberg

    I think educators sometimes react, respond or interject too soon without giving children time to reach their own conclusion, finish their thought or solve their own problem.

  16. Shannon Stewart

    When educators focus too much on safety and hover, this stifles children’s curiosity. Also, when educators tell children the answers to their wonderings…I feel like this is robbing the child of the learning experience.

  17. Bonnie Willson

    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?
    The ultimate behaviours that early learning teachers exhibit to support children’s curiosity is of course curiosity. Ask what they have, what they are doing, what they are building, and try not to correct their answers. Let it all be their curiosity! The teacher behaviours that stifle curiosity are not being curious, not having fun, and not letting the children be themselves. It’s not necessary to make everything they say and do be correct and serious. Children are curious as long as they are having fun. When I am out with the children, I crawl on the ground, I jump in puddles, I look for bugs. I let myself be one of them! I believe the only way to continue to learn is through curiosity. When you stop being curious, you stop finding answers. I believe in having fun with the children. I have seen teachers who do not like to get dirty, or do not like bugs. That is all fine, but do not make it an issue for the children.

  18. Grace Smith

    An educator’s role is to become involve in play, promote open ended question and give unlimited time for children to explore.
    Educator’s lack of enthusiasm, engagement and limiting children questioning can stifle children’s learning.

  19. Tammy

    The educators role is to support the children and their curiosities. An educator might stifle children by not giving attention, showing interest or otherwise being involved when the children call on them. Essentially, an educator that is simply supervising will not support the children.

  20. Jessica Garner

    My hope is that myself and other early learning teachers can co-inquire with children and share in their curiosity. One adult behaviour I often observe if the temptation to explain and “teach”. Children might demonstrate curiosity about something and adults will often opt to make it a “teachable moment”, sharing facts or information. Unfortunately, this might actually stifle children’s curiosity… there is no more need to wonder, ask questions, or seek information because it has already been handed to them.

  21. Angel Huang

    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?
    the main thing I see when an adult stifle children’s curiosity, is to answer I don’t know, or don’t bother me. I always answer the children with , i’m not sure, but we can definite look it up in the book or look it up on computer. It is very important for us to support our children’s curiosity because that how they learn and what can interest them at that moment.

  22. Julia Kunz

    Educators need to be responsive to children’s discoveries-acting “grossed out”, uniterested or setting unecessary limits can stifle the children’s curiosity.

  23. Lisa Goldsack

    Some adult behaviours that I have noticed stifle children’s curiosity are; a lack of curiosity from the adult, no flexibility in anything that is happening, an adults own fears (like fear of spiders or insects or fear of snakes) the adults own upbringing.

  24. Dana Wilson

    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?

    I think that to encourage a child’s curiosity a teacher has to be open and excited about new things. They have to show the children that they too are curious. There are many ways that an educator can stifle a child’s curiosity such as showing fear of certain objects like spiders, or heights or risky play. The can also stifle curiosity by not asking questions, or responding thoughtfully to children’s play or ideas.

  25. Amanda Funk

    The ability to move from an instructional role to one that is responsive. The role for the educator takes on a wait and see approach. The educator and educate themselves on what is in the environment, how the ecosystem works, materials, ect… so they can give informed responses and ask provoking questions. children also need a facilitator that is engaged with them and the environment.

  26. Annette Casey

    I have worked with staff that are responsible to answer questions to parents if someone gets injured doing risky play and we have been told we can not do things such as climbing a tree it blocks the children from exploring and is hard to tell them no. Personally I have no concerns with tree climbing,

  27. Kimberley Thompson

    It is great top engage with the children in the activity so they learn through their curiosity and you help them continue on with the curiosity. If you are engaged they are also engaged.

  28. Mikaela Reyes

    Early learning teachers are responsible in setting an environment that triggers children’s thinking. It is also part of our role to extend that thinking by supporting their interests regardless if it will become messy or a bit risky. Children’s curiosity are usually reduced when adults show no interests in what they are doing. When adults view their play as “messy” or “disruptive” or “nonsense”, children will also think the same and not seek for anything that is fun for them.

  29. Maria Agustin

    It is essential to support children’s curiosity, so that they can learn and grow. They can take the risk and experience new things. If an educator will not answer the children’s questions the children will lose interest.

  30. Cindy Spencer

    If a teacher does not engage in the activity that the child is excited about they tend to lose interest, if a teacher shows enthusiasm and engages in the child’s activity they will tend to ask more questions, do more, or other children will want to join because you are engaging in a conversation with that child and others will want the same attention.

  31. Amanda Christison

    Over my years as an educator, I can certainly say that I have seen teacher behaviours that stifle children’s curiosity. Ones that are way too rigid and schedule/task oriented. They answer the children’s questions for them which ceases the learning then and there. They act in a supervisory role only and don’t actively engage or participate with the children. To positively support children’s curiosity, ask lots of open ended questions and ensure you are not labelling the child’s creations or putting words in their mouths – let them have the time to speak and answer for themselves. Provide engaging materials for them and actively and genuinely engage with the children alongside with them on their level. Your excitement and curiosity will be infectious in a positive way for the children.

  32. Jennifer Yarmish

    Things that discourage children from exploring and satisfying their own curiosity:
    ~teachers placing their own level of importance above the children
    ~discouraging children from exploring alternate uses for the available equipment, activities and items available
    ~teachers whos own level of curiosity is very inhibited
    ~discouraging children from testing their own limits
    ~a rigid and directive approach to the ‘scheduling and curriculum’…lack of flexibility on the educators behalf

  33. Lucie Pendergraff

    The adult can set the entire pace for curiosity by how involved or uninvolved/ interested or uninterested they are. It is important to show enthusiasm and let the children know that the adult is still learning new things too. Asking questions, experimenting and researching together keeps the curiosity at its peak. If the adult is not engaging the children’s play and knowledge will only go so far before they become bored with it and move on to something else.

  34. Ruth Novak

    My biggest issue is when children are constantly being rushed from one thing to the next as if they are late for something. It feels as though the educators are not listening to the childrens needs and solely their own. Letting the child speak before cutting them off with a negative response.
    We really need to be there for the children encouraging them to play and learn and do what feels right for them!

  35. Heather Diewert

    I believe that our role as early learning teachers in supporting curiosity is extremely important. First and foremost we are there to ensure that an environment is safe, no broken glass, dangerous garbage etc. Once that is established we are facilitators of supplying extensions to curiosity, if a child loves bugs, we can add tools to assist finding them, magnifying glasses, hand trowels, boxes to place them is to examine them. We can also be there to answer any questions, and ask questions; “What does a pill bug eat?”
    Once we have determined there is an interest we can then seek out more information and have books and pictures.
    I find that the adult behavior that stifles curiosity the most, is not showing interest and curiosity yourself. We need to listen be available to listen, be excited and in the moment with the children and their exploration and discoveries.

  36. Betty-Ann Ryz

    My perspective on the role of the early learning teacher in supporting children’s curiosity is an adult taking the time to listen to the child, give the child necessary tools or materials to help the child explore their curiosity and be present for the child’s questions.
    On the contrary, adults who don’t take the time to even take the child outdoors stifles a child’s curiosity immensely. It’s a big world of discovery outside and way more stimulating for the child than any electronic screen.

  37. Silvia Martínez

    As an educator I have learned that my actions, my language and my body language heavily influence that attitudes of the kids towards our dog play and their curiosity, if I say do not give much information on a topic or let them do whatever they want they get bored easily. Instead if the activity is encouraged, ask open ended questions it encourages them to learn more.

  38. Kathy Barnhart

    Are there particular adult behaviours that you have observed that stifle children’s curiosity?

    Yes, when an educator doesn’t want to go outside and discourages children before they even get there by saying things like it’s very cold outside. we won’t stay long.

    Also when an educator asks a child to tell them what they made instead of observing and trying to enter into the play with the child.

  39. Minni Harris

    Teacher behaviours that can be stifling to a child’s curiosity is lack of interest in what the child{ren} are trying to share with you.
    Ignoring any questions they may have or even showing your uninterested in their play. Not engaging children by asking further questions or answering their questions. I would engage the children by asking many questions and listen to each one of them so they will know they are appreciated and plus their opinions are-valued

  40. Nicole Robinson

    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?

    An Early Learning Teacher needs to support children by asking though provoking questions during activities, observing the children while they are playing so new activities can be planned around their current interests and planning new activities that might stimulate a different and new curiosity investigation.
    Adults who seem uninterested in the children send a message to the children their curiosity is not valued.

  41. Nikki Meyer

    Educators need to use their own disposition of seeking to support that disposition in children as they seek information about the world around them. They need to pose questions that provoke wonder and problem solving. They need to be responsive to children’s excitement with their verbal and non-verbal behaviors, showing genuine interest. Educators need to provide materials that engage open ended play. In my experience, educators stifle curiosity when they jump to giving children answers – like that won’t work and when they ignore the interests of children in favor of what they have ‘planned’.

  42. Nikki Littlechild

    The adult has a huge impact on the direction of children’s play. They either stifle it or encourage it and their responses are reflected directly in the children. If their educator is excited about something they generally will be too. Weather can be a barrier and something not all adults are comfortable with as well which directly impacts the children’s like or dislike of rainy/cold days.

  43. Nicole Morrell

    Adult behaviours that stifle children’s curiosity:
    -Lack of interest in the children’s wonderings
    -Brushing off children’s questions
    -Not following up later on children’s questions that cannot be answered in the moment
    -Lack of curiosity themselves
    -Lack of engagement with children as they explore

  44. Caroline Driedger

    We support children’s curiosity by listening to them and expanding on what they are curious to learn and explore. We stifle them when we don’t listen to them and when we don’t observe and provide what is needed to expand on their play.

  45. Charlene Durrant

    When an adult doesn’t acknowledge or ignores a child’s questions or curiosity. Also if they don’t encourage the child to learn more about what they are curious about or not providing the opportunity to further investigate.

  46. Svetlana Babikova

    I belive it’s important to support children’s curiosity. To support it, educator can provide intresting materials, engage in the learning process, ask open-ended questions, use active listening skills.

  47. Nadira Ramnauth

    Children are always curious to explore and engage in activities that are being offered to them. The outdoors is one of the best places to expand the children’s curiosity. There are so many things the children are curious to learn about. We support children’s curiosity by listening to them and expanding on what they are curious to learn and explore. Last week the children in my program were curious to see the birds, I expanded on their curiosity and we learned and did activities about birds.

  48. Jaclyn Geiger

    I think that curiosity is so important for not just the learner but the adult. In comes back to the sincerity of the teacher and why we do what we do. This comes through how we facilitate learning in the environments we provide and scaffolding we bring. Learning together through inquiry play requires a positive and engaging attitude.

  49. Nazia Mir

    I value curiosity as a key to learning. The educator can use the child”s curiosity as a base of information that the educator wants to give to the child.
    Warm weather just started, and all snow is gone already. Kids were playing in the park. The grass is not up yet the soil is still wet.
    “Snowman… where are you” Raffy 2.5 years old was missing the snowman which they made 2 weeks ago.
    “Snowman is gone” David (4 years old) replied
    “Snowman melted and turned into water and dirt became wet and now it will help to grow new grass.” Educator interrupted.
    “Why?” Raffy replied
    “Do you want to see how snow turned into a puddle?” Educator replied.
    “I know because of the sun” David replied
    Educator provides some ice in a bowl and put it in the sun and everyone was waiting for the ice to turn into water.

  50. justine devenport

    I value curiosity as a powerful positive behaviour that encourages learners to take risks, engage in deep learning, and build confidence both mentally and physically.

  51. Amanda N

    I think that educators play a vital role in supporting children’s curiosity, experiences, and learning. If the educator is not interested in answering questions, making additional ones, and help children to improve, children will lose interest and unique moments.

  52. Ai Paul

    Teachers can stifle children’s curiosity by not taking seriously about children’s wonders and curiosities. It is ok for teachers to tell children that we don’t know the answer. We can learn together with children.

  53. Carrie Maclellan 

    I think some adult reservations of less than ideal weather conditions will stifle a child’s curiosity. I find on rainy days, the educators are typically found in the supervisory role rather than as a participant of play. Schedules also stifle children’s curiosities as they may not be able to follow through on a curiosity journey if they are asked to end play due to scheduling .

  54. Stephanie Vieira

    I love when the children explore specially something new and then the teacher expands on there exploration it makes the children happier.

  55. Hilary Geddes

    i think as educators we need to encourage children to explore curisity without limits when it is safe to do so.

  56. Mizuho Kashiwagi

    If adults can show our curiosity towards the children’s curiosity, then we both can learn from each other.

  57. Prabhulata Immaraju

    Getting curious with the children, letting them know that you too don’t know all the answers and together looking it up and being excited to learn with them. When a certain bird built its nest in the tall grass in our yard, it was exciting to look up together with the children what bird it was, it’s characteristic etc. It was just as exciting n educating and fulfilling to satiate our curiosity together.
    When we as educators are not available/disinterested/already know the answer n give it right away you stifle the children’s curiosity.
    Asking too many questions also kills the curiosity. Just wondering with them leads to them thinking too.

  58. Carli Olson

    I think for me the thing that stifles a child curiosity and learning is their attitude or their comfort towards certain things, for example. Jumping in a puddle of water WITHOUT rubber boots. I am comfortable with this because i know the lessons and learning that can come from it, and worry less about the materialistic part of the experience.

  59. Mercy santiago

    I think the clock stifles the child curiosity, when the teacher interrupt the exploration because is time for the next activity.

  60. Erin Lihou

    I quite enjoy exploring curiosity with the children. It allows me to see first hand how children are so versatile and literally can watch their little wheels in their minds turn as we engage and ask questions on what they see, feel , think and listen to their own ideas.

  61. Krissa Rathgeber

    Teachers can stifle children’s curiosity by putting time constraints on their exploring…or by not engaging in meaningful or reflective questions.

  62. Laura Mcintosh

    Teachers in the early learning environment can guide children to experiences with thought provoking questions and teaching. Although when they go on about a topic that does not interest the child or the group this may stifle children’s curiosity.

  63. Andrea Preissl

    Are there particular adult behaviours that you have observed that stifle children’s curiosity?

    Yes, not interacting with the children at all. If the adult isn’t there to either A) ask the children questions and B) provide answers for those questions the children can’t answer, then the learning and interest simmers down quite quickly. The opposite also stifles children’s curiosity. If a teacher were to start listing off facts and quizing the children about it it ruins the fun for the children.

  64. Janice Duncan

    The role of the early learning teacher in supporting children’s curiosity
    Behaviors and dispositions-I think it starts when early learning teachers are curious and slide in beside the children to observe and listen to their play and comments. Early learning teachers through observing the children can then respond to their explorations or the children’s questions. Asking open -ended questions related to what the children are doing or sharing their own personal observations such as “I notice that there are lots of ladybugs gathered underneath the leaves” “I wonder why they are under the leaves?” “What do you think?”

    Actions that stifle curiosity occur when an early learning teacher approaches children’s explorations and questions by having all the answers, what’s left for the children to explore and discover?

  65. Kathryn Armstrong

    Stifling children’s curiousity occurs when educators “over teach” and take the joy of discovery out of the experience. Children should be given the opportunity to ask questions or experiment with materials. Supporting children’s occurs when educators genuinely join in to play and discovery.

  66. Heather Howard

    An educator who shares their curiosity and imagination and who intentionally engages the children with questions will provoke the child’s curiosity, imagination and wonderings. When an educator doesn’t engage with children other than in a supervisory role or who are not truly ‘present’ this might stifle the child’s curiosity. It is our role to engage with children to ask questions, commit to exploring with them and supporting their discoveries alongside them.

  67. Christine Villeneuve

    I believe that educators should play, explore, and be curious alongside children. Through our observations of children’s play, we can adjust the environment to support children’s needs and learning. Educators who “do things because it’s always been done that way” can stifle children’s curiosity. There may be some concern about taking risks that inhibit some forms of exploration. A lack of participation from an educator may also hinder children’s curiosity.

  68. Alphonsine Hategekimana

    It is important to participate in the children’s play as an adult. When children are interested in the game or what they observe, they always ask the questions: how, why, where etc. If the adult does not participate, the children are less interested, motivated and curious in tha game. Instead, they tend to be interested, asking questions to the person who is answering them. When children play outside, they discover many things that require them to ask questions. This is why we should always be a good listener and observer to the children.

  69. Patricia Lynch-Staunton

    Are there particular adult behaviours that you have observed that stifle children’s curiosity?
    Certainly.
    Educators that are fearful of risk-taking limit children’s curiosity by removing opportunities for calculated risk in the nevironment, or forbidding certain explorations.
    Educators can be disapproving of certain types of exploration,often when it is messy or alters the environment (moving things about, disassembling). Children know when adults do not approve. Disapproving educators may tolerate the play, but will not participate nor support, often disengaging and lapsing ibto a supervisory role.
    Educators can be overly-regulatory, intent on the correct ways to explore, give answers, ask questions to test the children’s knowledge. This reduces curiosity as the path of exploration and discovery is extinguished.

  70. Kamaldeep Sidhu

    I think and believe that it’s important for adult give attention to children’s curiosity and engaging them in conversation asking open ended questions.when teacher do not ask questions,it stifles the children’s curiosity.

  71. Deborah Fehr

    Are there particular adult behaviours that you have observed that stifle children’s curiosity?
    Educators prevent curiosity in children when they believe that they need to “teach” children. There are times when children can benefit from additional information, as a general rule of thumb it is better to step back and allow the child to “discover” for themselves. Educators often feel the need to correct the perceptions of the children so they can have the “right” answer. That’s when the actually learning will stop. It is not necessary for children to have it right. It is important that they are willing to keep developing theories and test them out without feel of failure.

  72. Daniela Rodriguez

    I believe adults should contribute to children’s curiosity by engaging in different activities and even through a conversation. Adults should nourish that curiosity and be in the shoes of the children.

  73. Joanne Falk

    It is important to give a child who is curious all your attention and to answer questions that they may have. The teachers could also ask open ended questions.
    When a teacher does not give the children all their attention, it will stifle the child’s curiosity and the child is going to think that what they are doing/curious about is not important.

  74. Alison Rinas

    An educator can be curious and co-research along side children’s, through asking the children their ideas, thoughts, and theories around what they are exploring. I find when educators provide all the answers or overwhelm children with too many questions it ends the curious play and the children go off to explore or play something else. It’s important to encourage and be apart of the co-inquiry process.

  75. Randi Robertson

    I think it is important to realize that kids just wants to be kids and they are interested in everything. I think that as long as the kids have an extra change of clothes then they are perfectly fine with doing whatever they want in the puddle. Kids are so curious about everything and it is important to remember to allow them to be.

  76. Randi Robertson

    I think it’s important to recognize when a kid is being curious about something, acknowledging when a student is asking lots of questions and wants to know more about something.

  77. Charmee Penner

    The teacher can support the child’s curiosity through engaging in conversations with the children, asking questions, taking photographs, adding loose parts to an environment, observing children in play. I think that when teachers focus on keeping children clean, creating rules on the number of children in an area, limitation on where water can be used in outdoor play, limiting resources such as buckets/pails limit curiosity.

  78. Anita Morgan

    I love when children make new discoveries and I think it’s important that adults show a genuine interest in the children’s interests.
    The worst thing is for adults to not encourage children to try to try their ideas

  79. Taylor Aichelberger

    The role of the early learning teacher in supporting children’s curiosity is to facilitate opportunities for meaningful play, ask questions, engage in conversations, guide inquiry, and explore alongside the children. Adult behaviours that I have observed stifling children’s curiosity occur when the adults present are disengaged or uninterested, when they are being overly controlling of the exploration and not allowing the children enough space for their own ideas, and when they are fearful and do not allow the children to engage in risky play that is reasonable and not dangerous.

  80. Susanne Saunders

    I love when the kids find something new. The excitement to show me what it is. The questions they ask. The questions I ask them. I share the excitement with them. If they want to keep looking for more tree seeds we will. We may go for a walk to find more. I read into the curiosity and offer ways to build on the curiosity.

  81. Laurie Millions

    When the teacher asks questions about what the child is building or doing this supports a child’s cognitive development.
    When a child asks a teacher a question the teacher should spend the time explaining and sometimes demonstrating to the child.
    When a teacher says they are too busy and just brush the child off, this upsets the child stifling their curiosity.

  82. Kim Hoey

    Asking open ended questions that may be thought provoking for the child is important. Stifling adult behaviours I have seen are adults not taking the time to listen and participate in conversation with the child. Also….. just saying to the children….. go play,

  83. Jessica Popp

    An educators role is to support and provoke further thought, ultimately impacting a child’s learning outcomes. This can occur by asking thoughtful questions and being intentional with materials provided. An educator can stifle the play and learning, by either taking over the exploration by being too involved or not involved enough.

  84. Romy Ralph

    Teachers who ask questions to provoke thought and imagination in what a child is working on provides support in their curiosity. I find when teachers come in and say “oh look you made a …”
    The child may have not made what the teacher said and it has taken away from what they really created and stifles the child.

  85. Devina Soares

    When a teacher does not give the children all of their attention when speaking to them, or answers a question quickly without giving any thought to it, it stifles the children’s curiousity and sends the message that the child’s curiousity is not important to that teacher.