National Edu News: India Launches NISHTHA, the largest Teachers' Training Programme in the World  |  Technology Inceptions: Black Shark to launch new phones  |  Science Innovations: Designer algae to produce fuels   |  Parent Interventions: For a stronger father-child relationship  |  Parent Interventions: Vitamin D Deficiency in Middle Childhood Can Cause Aggressive Behavior  |  Technology Inceptions: Flipkart revamps seller onboarding process  |  Technology Inceptions: New range of Nokia Mesh Wi-Fi Router  |  Teacher Insights: Vacation to reduce cardiovascular diseases  |  Science Innovations: Chemo drug with fewer side effects  |  National Edu News: Kala Utsav 2019 Guidelines Released by MHRD  |  Education Information: Chandrayaan-2 Precisely Inserted in Defined Orbit  |  Health Monitor: Fascination for Slimness Has Racial Origins, Not Linked to Health  |  Parent Interventions: Online Brain Games Help in Multi-Tasking at Old Age   |  National Edu News: Intellectual Property Talent Search Exam 2019-20  |  Teacher Insights: Interactive Anatomy Learning Using Virtual Dissection  |  
  • Pallikkutam Magazine
  • Companion Magazine
  • Mentor
  • Smart Board
  • Pallikkutam Publications

June 20, 2018 Wednesday 01:14:22 PM IST

Help Them to Have a Purpose

Teacher Insights

Students today may be high achievers but they have no idea what for. This sense of meaninglessness is one of the main contributors to the skyrocketing suicide and depression rates amongst our youth. One sample statistic: the American College Health Association reported in 2011 that 30 percent of undergraduates were so depressed they could hardly function.

To combat this meaninglessness, students need to find a purpose in life—something that is meaningful to themselves and that also serves the greater good. 

Having a purpose will provide extra positive energy that not only keep students motivated, but also help them acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue their purpose, making them very strong learners. Youth with a strong sense of purpose also benefit from positive emotions such as gratitude, self-confidence, optimism, and a deep sense of fulfillment—all of which scientists have found help prevent depression and anxiety.

Students who carry this sense of purpose into adulthood may also benefit in the long run. Research shows that adults who feel their lives have meaning and purpose are happier, more successful at work, and have stronger relationships.


Give students an awe-inducing experience to introduce a new unit of study. When planning your next unit, think about how you might open the unit in a way that places the unit’s topic in the “grander scheme of things” and how students might relate to both the topic and this grander scheme.

It’s important to note that your efforts to induce awe in students will fall on some deaf ears. Not everyone is prone to awe—particularly those who are not comfortable changing their outlook on the world. But that shouldn’t keep teachers from trying to induce awe in students. 

(Indebted to various sources)



Comments