Editorial
29 January 2021

5 Student Hobbies Teachers Must Encourage

“One book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai

The power of teaching echoes in a student’s life all the way into adulthood. Teachers can shape each student’s interest that one day develops into a pursued career. Many influential leaders attribute their path of success to their teachers. One brilliant way teachers can lead students is to encourage them in their hobbies. Not all hobbies may be beneficial in the long run, but here are 6 that teachers must encourage.

Reading

One of the most overlooked hobbies in today’s era, reading is a skill that must be nurtured from a young age. Teachers must instill a love for knowledge and encourage students to pursue knowledge from the original sourcebooks. No matter the genre, a love for literature can spur the imagination, challenge an immature thought process and mold the student into a critical thinker.

Technology can help too, as e-books can now be downloaded in a few clicks of a button. Give students ideas and challenge them to read one book a month.


Here are some pointers to encourage good reading:

  • Give them the freedom to choose a genre and book-length.

  • Encourage them to write down phrases they could use in their daily writing and speech.

  • Allocate time for a book review presentation so students can share their interesting books with the class.


Before you know it, your students would have mastered the perfect use of English.

Sports

The benefits of sports are too many to mention. From refining reflexes to building muscle strength, sports takes the energy outside the classroom. Often, some students may seem like they love sports more than other school subjects. Teachers should not discourage them. Instead, encourage them to explore time management in their sports to create a balanced student life.

What sports should teachers encourage? Any sport! Football, badminton, ping pong, netball, and basketball are perfect sports to start off with. They build team spirit and teach students to work together. For more focused sports, running, long-jump, and swimming can build persistence and discipline. Athletics position the student to be determined and not to let setbacks hinder him or her from achieving their ultimate goal.

Nature Walks

These days, as our natural rainforests are diminishing, and the world needs a generation of environmentally conscious citizens to protect these resources. A love for nature should be encouraged and nurtured. Students can learn about wildlife conservation, flora and fauna, and how our ecosystem is built on a delicate balance of nature.

Nature walks are sure ways to get students interested in nature. Biology teachers can spark interest in students by encouraging this as a hobby. Push them to identify elements learned in class when out and about in nature. Challenge them to put in their share of effort into saving the environment such as cleaning up trash left behind on a trail or donating to nature centered non-governmental organisations.

Art

Typically, drawing and painting are what come to mind first when we mention art. In actuality, there are many forms of art – singing, dance, crafts, pottery, etc. Let students create art as gifts of appreciation for others as a start. This way, their art will be valued.

Encouraging students to pursue art as a hobby could set them on a path to create a base for their careers as entrepreneurs.

With an explosion of interest in arts and crafts thanks to social media, students can expand their hobbies into full-time money-making opportunities. Even if they do not pursue art as a career, they will find fulfilment in creating and enjoying their finished product.

Public Speaking

As Asians, many students tend to be nervous when it comes to speaking out. More so for public speaking. Students tend to shy away from speaking in front of large audiences. Teachers can be the catalyst to bring students onstage to speak their thoughts. One way to do this is to create impromptu public speaking exercises in class on random topics related to the classroom discussion. Class excursions to Toastmasters is also another way to expose students to the need for clarity and organisation in speech when speaking in public.

Public speaking as a hobby goes a long way in developing character. As students progress through university and transition to working life, they will be required to do presentations in front of larger audiences. Starting them early in school gives them a confidence boost when they are older. One day, they will thank you for that push and guidance in speaking confidently in front of a public audience. 

These are just a fraction of the myriad of hobbies that teachers can encourage students to engage in. High school is a good time to watch the students progress through their hobbies and maybe until after they graduate. Who knows, you may have set them on a path of career success by encouraging a hobby?

Make your students' future college life a wholesome journey! With The Risers’ community, they’ll constantly learn new skills, be sparked by bright ideas and be geared to take actions that will lead them to become an all-rounded individual.

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