By the way, I don’t think you don’t have to *teach* conceptual curiosity as the human brain is naturally curious if we let it make connections between ideas to build concepts (constructivism) naturally. We only *think* we have to teach curiosity because student brains have been so dulled by procedures that they merely memorize without stimulating existing neural pathways.
Incidentally, I am in the middle of a post which may never see the light of blog, one which attempts to answer the question, "How should we capture and present digital media for classroom use?" and sets a personal record for most uses of the phrase "for lack of a better word." The post has tangled around so many media, including but not limited to The Shield, The Wire, No Country For Old Men, Off-Road Algebra, Discovery Education streaming, Caché, David Mamet's On Directing Film, What Can You Do With This?, Problem Pictures, Graphing Stories, and Dogme 95′s Vow of Chastity. This is fun and maddening, all at once.