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Engel, Susan – Harvard Educational Review, 2011
In this essay, Susan Engel argues that curiosity is both intrinsic to children's development and unfolds through social interactions. Thus, it should be cultivated in schools, even though it is often almost completely absent from classrooms. Calling on well-established research and more recent studies, Engel argues that interactions between…
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Learning Activities, Childhood Interests, Teacher Student Relationship
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Paley, Vivian Gussin – Harvard Educational Review, 2011
In this "Voices Inside Schools" essay, Vivian Gussin Paley brings us into Derek's kindergarten classroom using her characteristic style of listening and recounting from the child's perspective. With delicacy and insight, she reveals the small but significant moments that occur alongside the planned curriculum to illustrate how children author…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Class Activities, Learning Activities, Classroom Environment