It can’t be denied that students find it easier to study if they are interested in and driven by the subject matter. When the students are enthralled with the things that they study, chances are higher that they will be able to recall the information. Passion-based learning is now becoming a vital component of the curriculum, as it makes the students feel empowered by believing that they are in charge of their studies.
Here are five ways by which you can incite passion into your student’s learning activities:
Share your excitement for the lesson with your students
The feeling of motivation and excitement is contagious. You can’t encourage your students to be passionate if you look bored in front of the class. You can invite guests who are passionate about the topic being discussed. Even though the student may not be into the topic as much as you or the speaker are, he will acknowledge the exuberance being shown and will know that it’s alright to be proud of what you’re passionate about.
Let the students share what they love as well
After you’ve shared with them your passion, give them a chance to share theirs. The feeling of being able to share things that you love, without being judged, will give them a sense of fulfillment and will motivate them to spread it even further. Help them nourish it by giving them references, such as reading materials, websites, or online tutorials, which they can explore during their free time.
Give them the chance to be in charge of their learning
When the students feel that they are being given the chance to take command of their learning, they will put more value into their knowledge. You can do this by stating the standards that should be met in your class. Let them make a proposal for a project that involves critical thinking and creating solutions for problems. Evaluate if the proposal will meet the standards before allowing them to push through with it. Always be involved and guide them as they finish their output.
Relate the lessons to real-life situations
Make sure to present the lesson in a way that it can be applied in real-world situations. Prove to them that studying a particular topic is something that is not purely theoretical and can be found in their textbooks. Show them videos of the greatest discoveries that paved the way for a better world as they conceptualize their research projects. As they work on programming for the computer class, explain the importance of machines in assisting people, may it be in life-and-death situations or just accomplishing simple tasks.
Practice interdisciplinary learning in the classroom
Use the student’s interest to your advantage by connecting it to the subject matter being discussed. Show them that it can apply to some subjects. For instance, mathematics can be applied in the art as proven by the great artist Leonardo da Vinci. This will help the students acknowledge that complex and boring topics can have significance.
The more we get to understand and know our students, the more we know the best way to teach them. Learning should become an exciting journey for you and your students. You’ll never notice how much work you’ve already done because of the fun you are able to incorporate in class.
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