Responding With Wonderment and Awe
What is it? – Being curious about the world. Finding beauty and joy in our lives and in learning.
Sounds like – “I wonder what makes a rainbow…” The geometric shapes in this are intriguing….” “The simplicity of this….. is amazing”
Looks like – Observing the beauty of the world around us. Finding joy in learning new and difficult things. Accepting challenge because of what could be learned.
Feels like – The world around me is a joy to be discovered. Learning is fun and enjoyable. Being curious makes be happy and feel connected and alive.
Some people think of learning as hard work and they try to remove themselves from demanding situations. We want students that are curious, to commune with the world around them, to reflect on a changing cloud formation, to feel charmed by the opening of a bud, to enjoy the beauty and grace of the little (and big) things in our lives. We want them to feel compelled, enthusiastic, and passionate about learning, inquiring, and mastering.
“The most beautiful experience in the world is the experience of the mysterious.” Albert Einstein
Information on Habits of Mind are taken from the book Habits of Mind by Costa and Kallick.