Anyone who sends their kid to piano lessons or any other kind of lesson has probably wondered this: At what point will I allow my kid to give up this pursuit if they’re not enjoying it, or actively resisting?
Time Ideas has an interesting article about the science of interest (which I didn’t know was a thing).
As researcher Suzanne Hidi notes, “Teachers often think that students either have, or do not have, interest, and might not recognize that they could make a significant contribution to the development of students’ academic interest.”
In fact, research suggests that well-developed personal interests always begin with an external “trigger”—seeing a play, reading a book, hearing someone talk—and that well-designed environments can make such a triggering more likely.
The main things I picked up from this article:
- Be friendly, chatty, engaging
- Model interest by being interested yourself
- We tend to preference intrinsic motivation over extrinsic motivators, but in reality, successful people are driven by both
The Most Important Lesson Schools Can Teach Kids About Reading: It’s Fun from The Atlantic
Honey, I Killed the Kids’ Love of Reading from Huffington
How To Create A Culture Of Reading from SLJ
Stop Trying To Make Your Kids Read from Principal Joey
Does It Matter If You Read to Your Kids at Bedtime (Specifically)? from Jen Robinson
The Pleasures Of Being Read To from The New Yorker
How To Help Young Children Love Chapter Books from What Do We Do All Day