What is the secret to instilling interest in knowledge?
I try to make learning fun. Making the lessons come to life in ways the students can identify and relate to.
I think the best course of action is to share a blog post we have about motivating children to read: http://www.skillado.com/blog/what-motivates-children-read - it showcases our belief in leading by example and positive reinforcement.
The secret is that there isn't any interest in knowledge lacking. Kids are very much interested in knowledge, but it's often misdirected toward areas where having such knowledge will bring very little (if any) tangible benefit to that person's life in the long run (unless someday people will be doing PhD dissertations on particular rappers or video games). My role as an educator is to first help the student define his or her general goal for life, and then to break it down to essential, manageable steps for getting there.
You got to have interest in gaining knowledge in the first place before you can instill it in anyone else.
One word: passion.Theres no way to get a person to engage in something new, or difficult if you don't have a passion for that, be creative and enjoy what are you doing.
I believe in personal approach. That is partly the reason I like private tutoring, or teaching small groups. Competition could be another good strategy.
Playing games and introducing fun activities on a daily basis.
No secret, be interested yourself and don't be afraid to show and then it's up to them, it is a two way street.
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