Activate your students’ curiosity with… 👉 What happened before? What happens after?

Thomas Courtley, ex teacher and LessonUp education specialist

Thomas Courtley

Education Specialist

Stimulating curiosity is one of the best ways to encourage active learners. It’s the dream of all teachers—Children who enjoy learning. Guide them by reinforcing their understanding through examples.


How does this learning technique work?

A picture is worth 1.000 words. LessonUp offers thousands of lessons with amazing videos and images. Students can look at them on the classroom’s interactive whiteboard. Images don't need to tell them a complete story. In fact, stimulating curiosity is one of the best ways to encourage and assess learners.

It would be ideal if your students participated in a constructive conversation: 'What’s the story behind the image? What do you know about this topic in general? Does this picture somehow connect to what we have been talking about in the class? How?'


How do you implement it in the classroom?

Share your student's answers on the interactive whiteboard, encouraging an open classroom discussion. If possible, guide them in the right direction without taking over the scene. This learning technique is the perfect way of reinforcing understanding through examples, whether related to a major historical event, or to geography, chemistry, biology, even meteorology. Everything is possible, given the right picture.

Drag your students’ answers to the correct side of the image to create a timeline. Even if learners lack specifics about the image's location or timing, their knowledge of a topic helps them pinpoint the events preceding and following the scene.

Try out this straightforward, easy-to-implement, and extremely activating learning technique!