I don't know if I shared it with you or not, but Sue is writing a book. In case, you are new to Upcycled Education, Sue is my coach and also my friend, collaborator, and workshop co-facilitator. In fact, we are scheming what and where our next workshop will be. We may even begin offering an online workshop related to coaching. Sue is not only a dreamer like me, but she is a complete doer! Hence, Sue's newest offering - Curiosity Cards.
Sue's book and passion are both related to curiosity. I won't speak for Sue (you can check out her blog post here), but she's pretty set on the fact that if humans were more curious and asked more curious questions, we would naturally connect more. That connection would lead to all sorts of awesomeness within our families, schools, communities, and workplaces. To nurture asking curious questions, Sue developed Curiosity Cards ($9.95). She sent me a pack to use.
I immediately had Miss O choose a card and read the question aloud. We discussed the question for a couple of minutes. Then, I chose a card and we discussed and each answered that question, too. I liked the dialogue with Miss O, but to be honest, I wanted more. Miss O was too concise that day and our conversation was short. I knew I could get more juice out of the cards.
I decided to leave the cards on our kitchen table. Miss O had friends over the next day. I knew her friends - since they are big thinkers - would love the cards. Sure enough, they saw them and asked what they were. We immediately each chose a card and all took turns answering. The dialogue was fantastic. I had no idea where the questions would take us. One question we answered was related to how we wanted to treat and relate to the earth. Another question was about what we wanted to change in ourselves. Oh man, that question was deep for these elementary-aged gals. It led us to a discussion about fear. These girls were talking about how fear keeps you from changing what you know you want to change within yourself.
What? Self, change, fear, awareness! Are you kidding me? It was like a parent, coach, and educator's dream. Youth talking about facing fear and recognizing how fear can impede moving forward in life.
I haven't used the Curiosity Cards with my college students, yet, but I will. They are tiny enough to throw in my backpack and use them on the fly with students, colleagues, strangers, on a road trip, in a cafe, etc. They would make a great gift for a parent, educator, or coach, too (plus, they are so affordable, too, at under $10). I'm giving a keynote this month and I'm thinking it would be fun to giveaway a few packs to engaged audience members - you know, those audience members who nod their heads, laugh at your jokes, and beam a smile at you the entire time.
Sue, thank you for sending me the cards. I dig them and know others will, too.
Here's to curiosity!