Cultivating Curiosity in K - 12 Classrooms

Cultivating Curiosity in K - 12 Classrooms

Curiosity comes from within—we just have to know how to unleash it.

We learn by engaging and exploring, asking questions and testing out answers. Yet our classrooms are not always places where such curiosity is encouraged and supported. 

Cultivating Curiosity in K–12 Classrooms describes how teachers can create a structured, student-centered environment that allows for openness and surprise, where inquiry guides authentic learning.

Award-winning educator Wendy L. Ostroff shows how to foster student curiosity through exploration, novelty, and play; questioning and critical thinking; and experimenting and problem solving. 


"There are two reasons why we use research in professional learning. One is so that we can connect our practice to what research shows. Does our practice show evidence of what is fud in the research or not? The second reason is to cause some cognitive dissonance, to make us think and question. In Cultivating Curiosity in K-12 Classrooms, Wendy Ostroff does both. She provides lots of research about curiosity and the benefits it brings to learners of all ages. Ostroff also challenges us to look for ways we can do more in our learning environments."

"Great book....full of details and great brain research
Every teacher and parent should read this book and implement the suggestions"

 "I have learned AND have tried so many new things in my class from reading this book. Also a good read for parents and rising children! I'm exciting to teach again and the my students are excited to learn again."

Cultivating Curiosity in K - 12 Classrooms

With techniques to try, scaffolding advice, and relevant research from neuroscience and psychology, this book will help teachers harness the powerful drive in all learners—the drive to know, understand, and experience the world in a meaningful way.