Counselor Corner

Ms. Leven's monthly newsletter

May 2016


Our Carroll character focus for the month of May is CURIOSITY, which is defined as a strong desire to learn or know something. Specifically, Character Lab emphasizes the importance of seeking this information for "it's own sake". In other words, this type of curiosity is driven by the desire to acquire new information and not for a reward that comes from learning it. At Carroll, we strive to teach students the desire to learn new things by asking tough questions, challenging their preconceived notions, and digging deep into their learning.

What Does Character Lab Say About Curiosity?

Evidence suggests that curiosity is separate from intelligence. It’s also multi-faceted—one can be intellectually curious, socially curious, or exhibit curiosity related to a specific task. Research also suggests that some aspects of curiosity are related to bravery and social intelligence. A few studies have shown that, regardless of a child’s intelligence, intense curiosity can lead to cognitive development and academic improvement.

The research also suggests that curiosity isn’t all good in all situations! Curious people may waste time by “going down a rabbit hole.” And in certain contexts, asking too many questions can be inappropriate or rude!

There is also good research about active, open-minded thinking (AOT), which is like curiosity in that it involves the search for new information. People who are consistently open to many points of view exemplify AOT. Active, open-minded thinking contributes to positive psychosocial outcomes, interpersonal relationships, subjective well-being, cognitive development, and even good citizenship.


Conversation Starters

Struggling with how to talk to your child about curiosity? Use these topics below to start a conversation!

  • Be OK with saying "I don't know" - and work together to find the answer!
  • Ask your child what they know (and what they want to know) about a certain topic.
  • Ask open ended questions to spark a conversation
  • Discuss things that aren't what they seem - and try to figure out reasons they might be that way!

Books to Read

Still want more? Here are some children's books that focus on developing a curiosity:

  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwamba
  • Where on Earth is the Moon, By Ruth Martin
  • Weslandia, by Paul Fleishchman
  • The Wonder, by Faye Hanson
  • Stephen and the Beetle, by Jorge Lujan

STAAR Testing (3rd, 4th, and 5th grade)

Monday, May 9th, 7am to Wednesday, May 11th, 4pm

4380 Throne Hall Drive

Frisco, TX