Hello and welcome to my little corner of the internet.I am a middle and high school science teacher.
I strive for a classroom that has a culture of curiosity. I want students to become more comfortable with doubt, ambiguity, and uncertainty. My students quickly learn that I very rarely answer a question directly. I am very okay not being the sage on the stage. I think we have all had that student who provides an answer to a problem, but you can hear the question mark at the end of their answer. The proverbial "I am going to give her an answer, but I am not quite sure that I am correct." My response is, are you asking me or telling me? How do my students feel about their teacher either not having or not providing the correct answer all the time? I think sometimes they get frustrated with me and want me to "give them the answer already," but I am okay with that because, by the end of the year, my students know how to use resources other than the teacher to find the information.
Embracing a culture of curiosity shows students that there is no end to the learning process. There is no one person or thing (even Google) who is the holder of all knowledge. As a professional and in my own life, I am working to become more comfortable with ambiguity. As I face the assumptions and fear I have surrounding the concept of inquiry, I will be better able to help my students think and behave like scientists both in the classroom and the world at large.