Activating Curiosity in Students – Kim Stalnaker | The OC for Social Studies

OER Conference for K-12 Social Studies | Track Talk: Designing Inquiry

Activating Curiosity to Help Students Make Meaning of History

How can we pique student interest in the social studies classroom? One way is by activating their curiosity. Three ideas for sparking student curiosity are outlined in this video including introducing a lesson with historical images, ending a lesson with provocative questioning, and by designing a collaborative structure within the lesson. Sparking student interest helps them make meaning of history and makes learning stick.

About Kim
I’m originally from Cincinnati, Ohio but have lived in Washington, DC for the past 25 years. I studied History, Germany, and International Studies. I’m passionate about global education and experiential learning.


OER Conference for K-12 Social Studies
August 5-7, 2020

We’re all exploring ways to ensure our students’ learning – and our own – continues to advance. Our new professional development conference for social studies can help meet those needs.


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