I have just read Mr. Jarrod Lamshed's blog titled "Finding the Passion". The blog deals with the fact that we likely better serve our students if we encourage them to utilize their passions in their learning processes.
Each child has their own hidden talents and creativity, which they sometimes lose by the time they become adults. These talents should be encouraged, so that these kids can use every resource available to them. Besides, who knows what we may be stifling if we do anything to discourage them. Case in point is the story of Gillian Lynne, the choreographer, who was thought to have learning problems as a child because she was restless in class. (See video in Mr. Lamshed's blog.) Fortunately, her mother, on the advice of a wise doctor sent her to dance class. Ms. Lynne is now a famous choreographer and multi-millionaire.
If we can learn the passions of our students, we can utilize them to enhance the learning process. Once we do that, who knows how far our students will be able to go! Their learning experiences will be enhanced, and they will enjoy learning and using their talents! That makes for success.