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Unconventional teaching ideas that work: The curiosity project (Melissa Shew)

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By Melissa Shew, Marquette University  There are only three requirements for the Curiosity Project. The Curiosity Project MUST: Engage and respond to a philosophical question, sincerely asked and pursued Use individual group members’ gifts and talents Be wildly creative At the beginning of a semester, when I tell students that they will be giving a group presentation and I write these criteria for it on the board, few of them think that they’re capable of creating a 35-40 minute presentation in philosophy, especially at a foundational level. Most don’t even know what philosophy is or why they’re required to take it, let alone how it relates to their lives, academic interests, or the world. They are uncertain, skeptical, and worried. Some are intrigued, of course, but they are in the minority. Most students at the end of the semester, however, are genuinely surprised by what they have accomplished through their Curiosity Projects. I developed the Curiosity Project eight years. . .

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