Rule #1: Curiosity Comes First

In a fun and personal TED talk, chemistry teacher, Ramsey Musallam gives 3 rules to spark imagination and learning, and get students excited about how the world works. Watch the video to learn more about Ramsey and how he was jolted out of 10 years of “pseudo-teaching.”


Rule number one: Curiosity comes first. Questions can be windows to great instruction, but not the other way around.


Rule number two: Embrace the mess. We’re all teachers. We know learning is ugly. And just because the scientific method is allocated to page five of section 1.2 of chapter one of the one that we all skip, okay, trial and error can still be an informal part of what we do every single day at Sacred Heart Cathedral in room 206.


And rule number three: Practice reflection. What we do is important. It deserves our care, but it also deserves our revision. Can we be the surgeons of our classrooms? As if what we are doing one day will save lives. Our students our worth it. And each case is different.


Like Ramsey, we believe that when curiosity is sparked, true learning can occur. What have been your greatest learning experiences and how has curiosity played a role?