One morning I was asked to name the one skill or characteristic that I would want my students to master upon graduation. I remember wanting to come up with something different than creativity, and so I started to think about a skill or characteristic that I felt best provoked skills in creative thinking. There were certainly a few ideas that I tossed around in my head, but the one characteristic that I’ve grown to appreciate in all children and students is curiosity. I consider this characteristics to be one of our greatest assets when it comes to producing creative outcomes and believe its something that comes with our natural survive instincts (though I’m sure we’ve all heard the saying ‘curiosity killed the cat’). As young children this characteristics is in abundance, and while it can be entertaining (and sometimes creative), it sometimes gets us into trouble or is a cause of worry and anxiety. Check out the acts of curiosity below and see how many you recognize.
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