Teaching Through Passion

As a teacher, it has been drilled into us to tell our students as much as we know, about everything we know. How do we get across the idea of relevance? It’s important to be passionate about what you are teaching, and it’s OK to share that passion with your students, but to do share in a way that get’s your students passionate about the subject as well.

After reading an excellent article by Ainissa Ramirez, Passion Based Learning, I have gained many insights on all of the great new ways that we can teach our students. In order to make our classroom a passionate filled one, that focuses on creativity and individuality, we have to get to know our student, and find out what THEY are passionate about. When we find out what makes them tick, we can apply the knowledge that we know to their real life experiences, and passion, to make the material relevant.

In this ever changing technology filled world, if a student want’s to find out any type of information they have the internet at their fingertips to tell then ALL that information. It used to be that teachers were the sources of this information. So as teachers, what can we do to foster our students ability to learn, and to learn in a way the sparks interest, and from that interest, creativity and most importantly, passion!

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In Ainissa Ramirez’s article. it goes on to explain that in order to bring passion into the class we have to get rid of the practical view of things, and adopt a new sense of classroom. We have to get rid of so much mundane book reading, and introduce more inquiry- based learning, more problem and design-based learning and more project and discovery based learning. However, I have to banter with this.

I feel that this type of learning, inquiry-based and creative discovery IS the only practical application for the classroom. Showing students way’s to express their ideas after we have had a group discussion or lecture by drawing, painting, graphing and mapping, and using technology to compile applications and bring about new ideas. This type of learning sparks passion, because we are letting student’s ask their own questions and using the type of material and application that fits their individual learning style.

Obviously not all our student’s are going to love the subject we are teaching as much as we teachers do. However, it’s important that we make our classroom’s exciting and engaging, and when we share our passions, show an interest in their passions, then the passion becomes a positive feeling, and the idea is, that it becomes infectious!

In another article by Saga Briggs, 25 Ways to Institute Passion-Based Learning in the Classroom, teacher’s can get a better sense of what they can do to make sure that passion based learning is their classroom, or becomes part of it anyway!

I agree with the standing’s of the article, when it particularly explains that we need to give student’s the resources to find their own interests, and teach themselves more about what they love. If you really think about it, that’s where passion starts, finding what you really enjoy, and research more about it, find out way’s to express it, and share with other’s your inquiry. In sharing with others, you are teaching other’s to share this passion. So, especially you are giving your student’s the resources to learn more about a topic, and then teaching them to teach others!




3 thoughts on “Teaching Through Passion

  1. I didn’t read Ainissa’s article so your blog was a great summary, Corinne. I enjoyed how you noted that teachers must adopt a new sense of classroom. I come from a small town so I’m sort of cynical when it comes to this topic. I agree one hundred percent I just have a hard time imagining it happening. My school system at home is working towards abandoning the creative curriculum it once had. The schools are on a fast track to the mundane prompts and teaching for a standardized test. As a teacher how do you begin to ‘adopt a new sense of classroom’?


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