By: Jennifer Jolly, Web Editor, ParentFurther
The word "sparks" can have different meanings for different people. A simple Google search of the word "sparks" returns dozens of results--anything from glowing images of fireworks to the official website for a women's professional basketball team. But the definition I'm most familiar with is one that gets thrown around our office daily. It's a word I've introduced into my regular vocabulary, and you should too.
Our Definition of Sparks:
Sparks [spa:rks] noun 1. An individual’s deepest passions and interests that give her or him meaning, focus, joy, and energy.
Each of us, young or old or in-between, has or can have at least one spark. A few people seem to know their spark from an early age, but most of us discover our sparks over time, through multiple opportunities and experiences.
At Search Institute, we've been talking a LOT about sparks lately. We love sparks because they're fun to discover, talk about, and share with others. We just created a brand new sparks curriculum that helps students learn about sparks in the classroom, and we're excited to be presenting a sparks webinar for parents later on this month.But the hidden beauty of sparks is that the concept is backed by good research. We know that by discovering and supporting young people's sparks, we'll be raising a generation of resilient, successful, and caring kids. Sparks really are the best gift you can give your child.
So are you ready to start "seeing" your child's sparks yet? For inspiration, download and print off the handouts below, and be sure to check out some of great examples of sparks and sparks supporters in the videos below!
Jonathan Burkin and his spark supporter (his mom)
Thomas Suarez - 6th grade IOS App Developer
Sparks videos from Search Institute