I can’t stress enough the importance of relevance in teaching and learning. As an educator I know it can be hard to make every lesson something that interests every student. Still, it’s a worth-while endeavor because it truly brings joy to the learning process. When possible, try to connect student interest to any learning experience both at home and in school.
For example, I vividly remember feeling the magic of “The Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” by E.L. Konigsburn when I read it as a child. I loved art, and I loved museums. This book was a bridge between my love for art and stories, and it helped me build on my love of reading.
I recently took my eight-year-old nephew Henry to an art museum. He too loves art and has an impressive repertoire of art knowledge. Why? Because it’s interesting to him. He loves the “Who Was” book series and has voluntarily found books to read based on his interests in certain people or topics. I suggest checking the series out! You can find more information at http://www.whowasbookseries.com. If you look, you can always find relevance in learning.
The joy of learning. Together.