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“Do What You Love” in School and in Life
- July 28, 2017
- Posted by: yorktown
- Category: Discovery Learning
Inspiring our students to find their strengths and passions is about helping them to learn to “Do What You Love”. It’s more than a mantra with us here at Yorktown Education. It’s a philosophy that is embedded in our curriculum and our culture.
Sometimes a child’s strengths or passions may be hidden, not because they don’t exhibit them, but perhaps they lacked the opportunity to make them known. Sadly, if a child’s passions are not allowed to surface and not given encouragement, they can also become hidden from the child.
One way educators and parents can engage children in unearthing their hidden strengths or passions is to talk about hobbies or things they are adept at doing. When students share with classmates what they enjoy, everyone benefits from the exchange. By vocalizing their interests, students also find peers who share their interests.
What about those ‘Eureka’ moments when a child discovers something they didn’t know – something new and enlightening, engaging, even thrilling. Those moments are like sign posts pointing to possibilities of discovery and often a way forward.
Conversations at home enable students to ask parents about interests they once had when they were younger, but for one reason or another did not pursue. Parents can shed light on the circumstances and recall their child’s interests. This can even reignite a child’s interest in a previous idea that was unpursued.
Projects where students have the opportunity to share their passions build confidence and strengthen a spirit of collaboration. Imagine the excitement of diverse projects that could range from making a robot, creating a fashion show, writing and performing a song or building a rocket. If each of the academic elements are linked to the curriculum, every presentation has the potential to have a powerful, motivating effect on students.
If children are to find their hidden treasures, they must be given the freedom and opportunity to make discoveries about themselves and their world. In doing so, they learn early on and firsthand why it’s so important to “Do What You Love”, both in school and in life.