Curious to know what inspires students?
Anyone who has watched students demonstrate their creative thinking skills at an elementary school assembly or a high school musical number knows that the ability to inspire others is important. But there is another force that inspires almost every student who enjoys the spotlight—other people. According to Paula Lansbury, business development director at SummaCast, a publisher of leadership resources for students, people are able to “identify the true source of their inspiration,” and perhaps more importantly, “they often connect it to themselves.”
The ability to transcend the inanimate to what is meaningful to others—people’s attitudes, values, and purpose—can be an important teacher for young people. One study from North Carolina State University revealed that looking at the examples of people like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and others helped students engage with information in school.
Another study that looked at college students’ performances on the New Hampshire test revealed that high-performing students identified their parents more as an inspiration, when they attended school, than they did with those of other race or ethnicity.
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