Every one of your students has a main interest, or passion, if you will. These passions are extremely diverse and include everything (and anything) from nature, to sports, to reading, to music, to vehicles, to history, to medicine, to space exploration, to a wide variety of other, often unexpected areas. In some cases a student's passion may be still hidden from his or her own self-knowledge. And many students have more than one.
Knowing what those individual passion are, not just on the surface but in some depth and detail, is extremely important for partnering teachers. The reason is that students' passion are the routes and filters through which partnering teachers create individualized learning, learning that will stick in students' minds, be valuable in their lives, and make them want more.
Today there is a new buzzword making the rounds: passion-based learning.
"Teaching digital natives", Marc Prensky