Where would we be without curiosity? I can only imagine how much I would miss out on if I wasn’t curious. I want to learn more about learning and teaching. I want to find out more about the body in dance. I want to discover more about the impact that teaching has on the dancer and the dance teacher. My level of curiosity drives all of this wanting to know more about these topics and a good many more. Being curious about something I see, do, read or hear makes me want to satisfy it by seeking more information and answers to the questions my curiosity raises. This is when my curiosity takes me on exciting journeys into some of my many books or journal articles or trawling through the internet or the University library or discussing the topics with someone else. My problem is that when I start investigating something to satisfy my curiosity then I often find my curiosity being stimulated again and again by things I come across in the process. And this often leads me off into other interesting areas that I can easily get immersed in. So I am quite strict with myself to keep me on the track of whatever strand of curiosity I am trying to follow – I do make notes of the other things that fire up my curiosity along the way in the hope that I will find the time to go back and explore them too.
Without curiosity I would not have the drive to constantly reflect on the how, what and why of what I do in and around dance teacher education. And it is vital to regularly reflect on what we do as teachers. So I positively encourage curiosity in the teachers I work with. Once our curiosity fires up learning is so much more interesting. We actively seek information about something because we really want to know more about it. This is better than simply studying because we are told to learn something.
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