Curiosity

Hi Everyone,

Today is a perfect June day, sunny and breezy. We started off with a quick review of questions using question wordswhy, when, where, who, whose, what, which, and how. Take a look at this  quick review we did together.

Next we split up into teams of two and each person was given a list of words. Image result for guess the word

The first student would ask questions using question words and the second student would try to guess the word.


You all did a great job! It was a little more challenging than we thought, but, it was fun! 

 

This led to a conversation about who asks questions and why? How do we describe the type of person who asks questions?Image result for ask questions

Today’s topic was curiosity – which is a noun meaning : the desire to learn or know more about something or someone.

We discussed whether or not curiosity is important in life? Should we encourage curiosity in schools, businesses, and at home? How? To help us with these questions we watched this video: 

After watching we talked about some of the words used in the video to describe curiosity – thoughtful, powerful, natural, bold, importance of questions, knowledge and life long learning. 

We looked at some  Quotes on Curiosity and discussed what they mean in our lives and in the real world.

Lastly we watched this talk by artist Janet Echelman and how she used her curiosity in many ways to develop and produce her art. Take a look here:

We all agreed that Janet Echelman’s art is amazing and as she progressed through her art and different installations, she approached challenges with curiosity, always asking questions to solve issues and learn more. Janet’s work has been displayed in locations all over the world, even in Boston in 2015!

“As If It Were Already Here” Janet Echelman’s 2015 Boston Installation above the Rose Kennedy Greenway

Words of the day

private investigator (noun) : someone who works as a detective and who is not a member of the police force                                                                                                     Tom hired a private investigator to find out if his wife was having an affair.

fire up (phrasal verb) : to start (something) by lighting a fire : to fill (someone) with energy or enthusiasm                                                                                                              Over Memorial Day weekend, we fired up the grill and had a barbecue of hot dogs and hamburgers.

spectacular (adjective) : causing wonder and admiration : very impressive                   We all thought that Janet Echelman’s art work is spectacular and very beautiful to see in so many urban settings!

Remember to relax and practice, and stay curious!

But, don’t be too curious, because, remember – curiosity killed the cat!Image result for curiosity killed the cat idiom

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay Curious

Hi Everyone,

How are you? What‘s your name? Where are you from? When did you get to class? Why are you smiling? Which seat is yours? Who knows what time it is? Whose phone is that on the table? We started class with a quick review of question words and what they are used for. Questions Quick Review Then we looked at Wh-ever phrases – whoever, whatever, whenever, whichever, wherever, and however here’s the handout we did in class WH-Ever Practice

 So then we discussed what type of person asks questions and what kinds of questions are asked, which led us to yesterday’s topic – curiosity. We looked at the word curiosity (noun) and it’s definition : the desire to learn or know more about something or someone. Other forms of the word are curious (adjective) and curiously (adverb). We talked about curiosity as a human emotion and other aspects, including  some expressions used with curiosity and what they mean. Here are the slides with some more information curiosity (noun) We discussed curiosity and technology, curiosity and creativity, and curiosity and knowledge and learning. We watched this video on the future of creativity 

After watching we discussed some of the points made in the video. We talked about how curiosity helps us learn and how we use curiosity to learn English. Thanks everyone for contributing to this lively discussion.

Words of the day

flabbergast (verb) : to shock or surprise (someone) very much                                    Many people were flabbergasted by the news that the Red Sox won their last four games!   

pie chart (noun) : a chart consisting of a circle that is divided into parts to show the size of the different amounts that are a part of a whole amount              When her company presents financial results to stockholders, they always use a pie chart which includes sales from all the different products.  

fan (noun) : a machine or device that is used to move air and make people cooler  : a person who has a strong interest in a particular person or thing              Most people who live in New England and like basketball are huge fans of the Celtics.

Whatever you do remember to relax and practice, and stay curious!!!