Tools for Igniting Curiosity: Classroom-Ready Techniques for Increasing Engagement and Inspiring the Love of Learning


By Bryan Goodwin, Harvey F. Silver, Susan Kreisman, and Matthew J. Perini

Published by Silver Strong & Associates and McREL International.

Unleash students’ “yearning for learning” with over 20 tools to spark, sustain, and grow curiosity in any classroom.

Foreword by R. Thomas Dewing

As educators, we all wish for our students to become more self-motivated and to show a greater passion for learning. But how can we turn this universal wish into classroom reality? How can we help our students develop that “yearning for learning” that spurs discovery and promotes deep understanding? By tapping into the most basic and powerful learning drive of all—curiosity.

Combining the research-based insights of curiosity expert Bryan Goodwin with ready-to-use instructional tools developed by Harvey Silver and the Thoughtful Classroom team, this book will help you unleash the power of curiosity in your classroom. Designed for teachers of all grade levels and content areas, Tools for Igniting Curiosity provides everything you’ll need to get your students fired up about learning.


Additional information

Weight 0.95 lbs
Dimensions 8.5 × 11 in


First Publication Date

November 2019


Silver Strong & Associates; McREL International





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What sort of resource do we want as educators? Something that addresses a need, something grounded in research, something easy to grasp and implement, and something that makes a difference for our students. With Tools for Igniting Curiosity, that’s exactly what the authors have provided.

Pete Hall

Professional Development Agent, Former Principal, Co-author of The Principal Influence

This book is an ideal professional development resource. It makes it so much easier for teachers to design and deliver instruction that actually inspires students. It also helps teachers take a fresh look at their subject matter, no matter how new or expert they are.

Stephen Sturgill

Chief of Staff and Transformation Officer, Sandusky City Schools, Sandusky, OH

I love it! These tools are a must for teachers to spark and keep the interest of their students.

Nicole Anloague

Math Teacher, Millennium Community School, Columbus, OH

Tools for Igniting Curiosity reminds me of why we became educators. Each tool helps create a learning culture that makes students more eager to learn. Using these same tools in staff meetings has amped up quality engagement there, too.

Brett Fickes

Director of Innovative Curriculum Design and Instruction, Thornton Township High School District 205, South Holland, IL