The P that stands out to me the most is Passion.
How do you identify and grow passions? Is there a difference between hobbies and passions? Furthermore, can a passion be something somewhat abstract or intangible? For example, a passion could be “music” or a passion could be “learning new things”. One is fairly straightforward while the latter could take on many forms.
With that in mind, how do we teach children the difference between a hobby and a passion?
I find this particularly relevant at a later age, when I was often given the career advice to “follow my passions”. When I was 18, my hobby was theatre and music. Are those passions?
The things I liked best about theatre and music were bringing pleasure to others through performance, and working as part of a team to create a beautiful piece of art. Now I do not perform regularly, but have found ways to channel those passions into my professional work in a corporate setting through teamwork and business presentations.
The Papert reading also begins to raise questions of passion when he speaks about his interest in gears. While one could say he had a passion for gears or automobiles, I believe that his passion was actually in understanding relations. Papert is the father of constructionism, which is about creating knowledge through connecting ideas together. Gears serve a similar purpose; to connect and move two objects.
What kind of activities can encourage children to find the reasons they find passion in their hobbies?