0.50 USBE Credits
Super Creatives leverage the power of curiosity to create engagement, motivation and high performance of themselves and their teams. Educators can tap into the power of curiosity to do the same with themselves and their learners. This microcredential represents the educator's skill to consistently leverage curiosity in their teaching and learning process.


To earn this 0.5 USBE credit microcredential you will submit two evidence items from the list below to demonstrate your effective and consistent use of curiosity in both your instruction and your personal practices. You will also complete a short written or video reflective analysis. Click Earn This Microcredential to learn more!


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Building curiosity into the learning process is more than “interest-based” or “passion-based” learning because curiosity is a precursor for someone to identify what their interest or passion is. It is about helping them expand and explore their world beyond what it is now.


Curiosity : Curiosity is a very strong intrinsic desire to know or learn something. You can’t “tell” someone they have to be curious about something. It is a self-discovery process that can be triggered through exposing oneself to different experiences, observations and environments.


At the beginning of the year, mid-year and end of the year, Mr. Z gives his learners a Journaling assignment that asks students about the things that make them happy, things that makes them sad, things they wonder about—about their lives or how things work in the world. He compares these responses with each student and notes to himself and his teaching team about any hints around specific opportunities to open curiosity in a learner that he can incorporate in unit plans, lesson plans and projects.

He designs his lesson plans and projects to give several options for learners so that there are degrees of personalization around these opportunities tied to this curiosity.


Student Work: Submit examples of learner work demonstrating how curiosity was effectively generated and supported. This learner work must contain a statement of discovery and how they became interested, curious, and/or passionate about the area of work. There should be some evidence of learner choice in selecting the area of work. Be sure to follow your district/charter guidelines for student privacy.

Lesson Plan: Submit a lesson plan of your design that you have used in your instruction. This lesson plan should demonstrate your ability to effectively generate and support learner curiosity during your instruction. The lesson plan should be designed to accommodate learner choice that is rooted in observations and conversations with learners that surfaces opportunities for curiosity.

Unit Plan: Submit a unit plan of your design that you have used in your instruction. This unit plan should demonstrate your ability to consistently generate and support learner curiosity during your instruction. The unit plan should be designed ito accommodate learner choice that is rooted in observations and conversations with learners that surfaces opportunities for curiosity.

Candidate's Choice: Submit another type of evidence demonstrating your effective and consistent use of curiosity-building techniques during instruction.

Candidates are required to make 2 evidence submission(s).

Review Criteria

Criterion 1: There is an intentional process executed throughout the year to surface opportunities for generating curiosity.

Criterion 2: Whether at a lesson plan or unit plan level, learners are presented with choices versus a prescribed topic deemed ideal by the instructor.

Criterion 3: Lesson and unit plan choices are personalized to learners and rooted in actual observations and conversations to uncover opportunities to generate curiosity.


  1. Describe how you have incorporated Curiosity into your lesson plans and how it has affected your personal learning process.

  2. How has supporting curiosity in your learners enabled them to become even more curious about specific things or expand their curiosity to other aspects?

  3. Based on what you have learned so far, what can you, as an educator, do more of, less of or differently to better support and encourage what you do as an educator and for your students to develop and nurture their Curiosity? (i.e. time and space to explore, using Curiosity to help students learn deeply academically)

Review Criteria

Criterion 1: Authenticity – did you actually do it, what have you learned and what are you going to do next?

Criterion 2: Specific next steps for further implementation that will impact more of your practice – what you are going to do more and less of.

Criterion 3: Clarity and focus of impact on learners, where it made a difference and where there are still challenges in the process for the next iteration of implementation.


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