Leveraging the Power of Curiosity

Harlan Gilliam discusses the importance of imagination and curiosity in the education of children.

Charlotte Mason once stated, “Self-education is the only possible education. e rest is mere veneer laid on the surface of a child’s nature.” is quote has inspired a reevaluation of lesson-planning and teaching. How can we stimulate the curiosity and encourage our students’ desire to know? What tools and methods can inspire their attention and help them embrace the work of learning? Unlocking curiosity and imagination can be successful when approached intentionally.

Harlan Gilliam

Harlan began his lifelong learning in April of 1959, surrounded by God's glorious handiwork in the Big Bend country of Alpine, Texas. He attended Alpine public schools and two years at Sul Ross State University, where he studied music theory and composition. Harlan moved to Austin in 1979 to try his skills in the music scene. He has worked as a tile setter, a fence builder, a chef, a musician, a nurseryman, an organic farmer and a worship leader. Harlan is a voracious reader and has been the Science and Nature Center Instructor at Regents School of Austin for 13 years. He wants his students to appreciate and be awed by creation and, in the process, develop a deep and lasting relationship with the Creator.

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