Learning from other people is fundamental to student growth. An important way to learn from others is to learn about their experiences—through biographies. In fact, here at Maps101, we believe biographies are so important that we have developed a collection featuring only these stories.
Why are biographies useful in a classroom? Other peoples’ stories can be inspirational. Reading about the successes of others can show what influenced, motivated, or encouraged them. All people must also overcome challenges and hardships. Biographies reveal how people have done that. As a result, biographies teach lessons about life. In addition to inspiring us, stories about other people show us so much more about life. Some people have had to be independent and not listen to critical opinions. Some have dealt with failures or deep losses and still persevered, while some are kind and considerate or see the bigger picture. Biographies challenge us to learn and grow from others.