Engaging Students through Curiosity (4-12)


“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” –Socrates

Are the 4C’s of 21st century skills (communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking) similar to the ideas promoted 2500 years ago by Socrates? 2015 National Teacher of the Year, Shanna Peeples, sees the similarities and shows her readers how his ideas are as relevant today as ever.

In her book, Think Like Socrates: Using Questions to Invite Wonder and Empathy in the Classroom, Peeples explains why teachers need to invite student curiosity and inquiry into the classroom. She admits it may not be easy, though. To be successful in doing this, she explains, teachers must first look deeply into the culture of his/her own classroom. Her book offers advice and provides strategies to create a classroom climate that encourages curiosity, questioning and inquiry.

Her book highlights some of the best teachers in their respective fields (language arts, math, science, social studies, and fine arts) and shows how these teachers cultivate this climate and engage students.

Educators taking this course will learn new ideas and strategies that can be adapted to all classrooms. Educators will also investigate special topics and integrate new learning into their teaching environment.

This course is equivalent to 3 semester hours or 4.5 quarter hours. It is a graduate level course and intended for K-12 educators who have completed a bachelor’s degree. It is recommended that you receive board or district approval before registering with TPAI.

See reviews of the book at Amazon.com.

*You are responsible for purchasing your own course book.