When the children are given opportunities to explore their interests and talents at a young age, it’s usually much easier to choose a career that makes them happy. As a teacher, here’s how you can tap into your students’ strengths and encourage their curiosity, which may guide them towards more fulfilling lives.
Prioritize Motivation Over Achievement:
Our school systems are designed in a way that prioritize academic achievement over intrinsic motivation. It matters more that a students do well on a test than if the topic was interesting or motivating.
Build Teacher-Student Trust:
According to a recent research by Search Institute, students who have strong relationships to their teachers are more likely to be motivated and engaged. It was found that middle school students who had strong developmental relationships with their teachers were eight times more likely to persevere through challenging tasks, enjoy working hard, and be willing to make mistakes. Since making mistakes is a key part of finding one’s purpose, a classroom environment that encourages exploration is conducive to developing passionate, purpose-driven students.
Collaboration in the classroom helps students feel more involved in their learning process while exposing them to new ideas. One way to involve students in a collaborative learning process is to have students design their own learning environment.
Share Personal Passion:
When students see that their teachers are enthusiastic about learning, they’ll feel more excited to engage with the work. This is why teachers can act as mentors, showing students how to pursue hobbies and passions.
Promote Exploration and Failure:
Exploration is essential for discovering new things and finding one’s passion, but trying new things also opens up room for failure. Failure helps children discover what they like and don’t like. Trying something new that they find they don’t like or enjoy, still leads children to discover what they do like. Teachers can follow this same idea by helping students explore new and challenging activities in the classroom, even when failure is inevitable.
Career exploration is another great way to help high school students uncover their passion. One way to test out possible careers is to have your students take a career quiz.