I am currently taking a class and its becoming apparent that you teach as you are. Therefore, if I want to teach creativity, I must be creative as well.
This first week is all about curiosity and how to restore it in our lives; also how to sustain the curiosity of children. There are 3 different approaches to curiosity: “The period (.). The exclamation mark (!), and the question mark (?). The first are passive, maintain the status quo and are disengaged with the world around them. The second have an inflexible approach, they are dogmatic, have their singular view, and are on a mission and since they don’t move from their view, they try to convert everyone over to their ideas. The third type of person takes an inquisitive approach to life.” (Douglas Rice in ‘The Curiosity Manifesto’)
When I reflect upon myself, I can identify with each mindset in different scenarios. For example, with my students, I am definitely a (?), However, at work, I rarely challenge my authority figures because I am afraid of being pinned as a trouble maker, so I am a (.) ; yet, when it comes to food, I am often a (!), not willing to try new types of meats or dishes. But, overall, I do identify with as a (!), and I think people value me because I am willing to ask some tough questions.
As I consider how I could raise my curiosity quotient, the following ideas is what comes to mind:
- Ask more questions before jumping to conclusions.
- Be more present and aware, using my senses to discover new things within the mundane in my routine. Such as paying attention to the flavours of food and slowing down to look for details in the everyday objects that I see.
- Take some time to research my random thoughts. I often have questions that arise, so I can make a note of them and take a few minutes to explore them.
- Pay attention to my students acts of inquisitiveness. Observe them more closely so I can catch their curiosity.
- Since I am married for 10 years, it is easy to think that you have your spouse pegged. I can instead view him as a new friend, and approach him with great interest about that the things that he values and enjoys.
- Try out some new recipes and explore some novel menu items.
- Be in wonder–look at life as if through the eyes of a baby.
- Experiment with myself, particularly my body. For example, what would happen if I did sit ups everyday for 3 weeks–what would happen?-what would change?–would anything change? Journal about the results.
- Wear my hair differently. Or wear make-up.
These are just a few ideas. I’d like to try number 1, 2, 4, 5, and 8 to see what emerges. I am really looking forward to expanding upon one of our exercises in which we were to have a conversation with a person and respond only in questions. I have to say that I did this a couple of times. With my 4 year old, it was fun, but with my husband…well…um… However, I think it is very useful when collaborating with peers so that they feel heard and understood.
As I continue with this class, I am excited to honor my curiosity and the curiosity of others.