How to Foster Student’s Passion for Learning and Implementation

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Following Albert Einstein’s death, a research was conducted to find out how his brain was different from every other person’s. His brain was found to be like any other human brain except that his brain had a higher number of glial cells, which contribute to structural and metabolic support to the “thinking” neurons in the Central Nervous System, perhaps as a result of his learning and experiences. It was discovered that what was most different about Einstein was his mind.

Get their Minds Activated

There are many areas and opportunities for fostering passion for learning via activating the minds of learners. Generally, parents and teachers are in a better position to activate the minds of students as they can’t always do it themselves. It all starts with lighting a fire for learning in them but for some teachers and parents this can be time consuming. It may help to know that there are three main reasons pupils have a hard time building a passion for learning:

  1. They have not cultivated their ability to use their imagination.
  2. They are easily discouraged when they make mistakes or experience failure or setbacks
  3. They do not see the many benefits of education generally.

 

 

1. They have not cultivated their ability to use their imagination

Typically in schools, the focus is all about grades. There is little focus on helping them learn by thinking things through as this could take too long and affect the school schedules and this is usually a valid point. But this might not be a way to foster a passion for learning. A pupil may work hard to make needed grades but may not be interested in learning beyond that which is taught.  It takes a great teacher or school to figure out how to incorporate the art of using the imagination with the art of making good grades within the allotted time for school learning experiences.

2. They are easily discouraged when they make mistakes or experience failure or setbacks

You will be surprised- many parents and teachers contribute to their pupil’s inability to bounce back after making mistakes or experiencing setback in learning. The more a pupil is taught new things the greater the need for him to be taught how to retrace his steps when he makes mistakes.

3. They do not see the many benefits of education generally

Being a learner can be uncomfortable-especially when you don’t know why you are doing what you are asked to do. When pupils see the essence of schooling or even many benefits of a single learning experience, they are likely to make a conscientious effort to learn and implement what they learn. The lack of understanding of the essence of a task or tasks could make them do it haphazardly and without concern for its outcome.

The Conclusion

Fostering Confidence in pupils can work as a short cut for fostering their passion for learning. Identifying ways to develop students yearning for learning such as empowering them to develop a growth mindset, making assessment a foundation for continuous improvement rather than a judgemental mark and hiring teachers who are passionate about learning is recommended.

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