Students share their passion, hobbies, and skills in a series of events to foster connectedness.
Passion Olympics looks like a less-structured field day with passion projects instead of sporting events. Students and staff can organize “events” centered around their passions and interests. Think stations for students to learn dance, music, art, crafts, games, or other activities!
You can even give out medals from each event for “most enthusiastic,” “most willing to try something new,” or “most creative.”
Tips & Suggestions:
- There are many ways to showcase student passions: a talent show, a video series, an interactive presentation mini-series, or a roundtable discussion; the possibilities are endless!
- Consider ways to have indoor space, outdoor space, or both.
- Think about ways to involve the community. If a student’s passion is their involvement with a local dance troupe, can members from that group come to school and do an interactive demonstration? If someone volunteers at an animal shelter, can the shelter bring some animals to visit? Be creative!
- You don’t have to have one “perfect” passion. Passion can be anything from volunteering with children, to spending time with friends playing games or making music, or even learning new languages!
- Showcasing what students are doing outside of academics brings attention to the diverse talents of members from all corners of a school’s community (Westheimer & Kahne, 1993).
- When students are passionate they are motivated to work harder and are more likely to report greater levels of satisfaction and fulfillment with their work (Harpaz, & Snir, 2014).
- 57 percent of students participate in at least one extracurricular activity after school (US Bureau, 2014).