I was intrigued with the ideas of directed and inspired and looked at some research. I found a group of researchers at Case Western Reserve University. They looked at 2 types of coaching. One was positive emotional and the other was negative emotional. In the positive emotional session, the researchers were able to show that asking sophomores to talk about their dream future in 10 years activated parts of the visual cortex involved in imagining things. The more positive approach stimulated those parts of the brain involved in being open to new ideas and other people. The negative emotional session asked students who they were doing on their homework, readings, and assignments. It was found in this type of session, the questioning activated areas in the brain know to indicate self-consciousness and guilt.
INSPIRE!!!!! Just hearing the word lifts the spirit. Everyone needs a role model and the story behind them. Cue in the picture books! Picture books are not just for young children. The shorter text, which can be high level with vocabulary, along with the pictures can help kids build knowledge and build vocabulary. Picture books can take children of all ages into new cultures and new experiences. The text and pictures help build images and help make connections to experiences or build a curiosity for a new idea.
And, to the math people- There are many picture books about math concepts. I sure wish these books were around when I was in school. Maybe, just maybe these math picture books would have inspired me and I would have been a better math student.