Intel wants children aged 14-18 to answer, "What inspires you to learn?" I'll tell you more about how your kids can answer that question (and possibly win a super cool laptop!), but first….here's how we inspire our children to learn.
As we all know, children are born wanting to learn. They love to learn. We cannot stop a baby from learning to talk, or a toddler from asking, "Why?" But we can discourage their love of learning until a child no longer wants to learn.
When we began homeschooling nine years ago, I was on a sure course to discourage our four children from loving to learn. I ordered full textbook curriculum based on price and ease, not on content. I sent them to classes for subjects I thought were too hard to teach. Our children were bored, wiggly, and grumbled about doing schoolwork. My attitude about learning changed when I realized we cannot make anyone learn anything. We need to inspire them to want to learn.
Now, in our homeschool, we (hubby & I) first consider why we want our children to learn a certain subject. We don't teach simply to pass a grade or earn a credit, so we ask, "Why does he or she need to know this?"
After we figure out our end goal, we search for the masters. The "master" might be a famous speech writer, a biography author, a seminar teacher, or Mr. Jones across town. We'll try to find a way to connect our child with the "master," by enrolling her in a sewing course with the heirloom seamstress, by signing him up to listen to the WWII veteran speak on Tuesday night, or by checking a biography out of the library.
Then, we think of hands-on activities for the child. As much as possible, we place the child in touch with the subject. We will flip over a log to look for the spiders we are reading about in a famous naturalist's journal; we'll visit an old fort where Geronimo was held captive; we'll play an interactive online game on the subject; or we'll drive across down to talk to Mr. Jones whom we've noticed is smart with his money.
So, how do we inspire our children to learn? We follow their example: We love to learn.
Students: What Inspires You to Learn?
Intel wants to give a laptop to the student with the best answer, and a Sony Internet TV to the winner's school! Here are the contest rules:
- Open to students 14 – 18. If student is 14 – 17 years of age, please have parent submit on student’s behalf.
- Contest is open until August 15. Winners will be announced Sept. 15.
- Winner will receive a laptop with Intel 2nd Generation Core i5 technology for themselves, plus a Sony Internet TV for their school
- To enter, students should e-mail their name, age, state, telephone number and answer to the question, “What inspires you to learn?” to firstname.lastname@example.org (minimum 50 words)
- Students can also include links to original photos, videos or other multimedia content that will add to their entry. Please only submit content that is appropriate at school and that the student would submit to their teacher. If the entry includes content with someone in it, be sure that you have their written permission. Students cannot use copyrighted material in their entry, unless they have specific written permission from the copyrighted material owner
- Entries will be judged by a panel of Intel and education experts based upon: (1) Relevance to the question, “What inspires you to learn?” (80%), (2) compelling nature of entry, including supplementary materials submitted (20%). Note: the entries will not be made public unless they are selected as one of the finalists.
Complete contest rules http://bit.ly/IdeaJamEducationRules
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