My enthusiasm for teaching started with coaching youth sports. I discovered the power of helping kids develop skills that, in turn, created self-esteem and self-confidence in daily life. By giving them tools to deal with adversity on the field in a productive, positive way, children can become self-empowered and will take risks to get better at something. This translates to learning in the classroom as well.
Taking the time to let young learners discover their gifts and talents takes time and patience. All too often, when in public schools, kids are expected to learn in a certain way on a specific timeline that so often does not correlate with their learning style, interests, or ability level.
When you align a child’s learning style and include their passions of interest, teachers create an environment that will encourage them to enjoy learning and be engaged. More importantly, joy becomes the byproduct of the entire process because the student is treated as an integral part of the learning, not some standardized test being in the driver’s seat.