Curiosity and Passion: Leading Students to an Unknown Future


In Learner Centered Innovation, Katie Martin discusses the importance of sparking curiosity and igniting passion.

But…why is it critical to spark curiosity and ignite passion in learners?

According to Walt Disney, “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

I think Walt Disney knew a thing or two about curiosity and passion. Would there be a Mickey Mouse without those two traits? A Disney World?

These wise words apply today, because, when it is common thought that knowledge is doubling every 12 months, and soon to be every 12 hours, students need to be ready to face an unknown world.

So, when students come to the point where they have a desire to learn, that is when I see limitless possibilities for them. Each student will be empowered to create their own goals. They can decide the path they will follow to master the standards. Students’ individual strengths will be valued through innovative avenues instead of denied through one size fits all assignments.

This is also an exciting time to create relationships by talking to students and getting to know their interests, their desires, and their goals. By understanding these things and guiding students to create and innovate, educators can give kids choice. This, in turn, will create a driving passion in the students to pursue what drives their soul.

I don’t know about you, but I want to live in a world where people can chase what they value while increasing their knowledge. If I give my students these opportunities to shine, I will also be increasing my knowledge, curiosity, and passion.

After all, didn’t we learn from Katniss Everdeen that fire (passion) is catching?