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The ‘Inevitable Disquiet’ of Not Knowing

LCaron SchMtg1Welcome to Brookwood Voices! Our new weekly blog highlights our community of faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents, and grandparents as we share personal stories of the magic that is Brookwood.

Last month, I saw an intriguing post from KQED’s Mind/Shift entitled, “How to Spark Curiosity in Children Through Embracing Uncertainty.” In it, Jamie Holmes, author of Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing, suggested, “If students can be made to feel comfortable with uncertainty – they’re learning in an environment where ambiguity is welcome and they are encouraged to question facts – then they are more apt to be curious and innovative in their thinking.”

At Brookwood, our teachers inspire this flexible, critical thinking and intellectual courage by creating classroom communities in which students are known and valued, and their journeys, as well as their accomplishments, are recognized and supported.

Whether it is eighth graders debating the real-life impact of Newton’s first law of motion, seventh graders searching for precise language to sculpt a paragraph’s opening sentence, or second graders tackling circuitry with copper tape and LED lights, Brookwood students experience first-hand that identifying a key question is as important as understanding a solution, and that not knowing an answer is a welcomed opportunity to craft a question that will lead to the next discovery.

– Laura Caron
Head of School