What is YOUR Passion Puzzle Piece?

Cross posted on Angela Maier’s blog!

In the month of November, Angela Maier, asked a number of educators to write about PASSION. Each one of the contributors will add their perspective on PASSION in education. It was an honor to have been asked to be one of these contributors.

I am realizing that Angela has stumbled upon (or  has strategically moved towards) THE NEW FORM of how we learn:

  • Together (on a large scale)
  • Global
  • Across age, gender, time and physical boundaries
  • Virtually
  • As part of a whole
  • Connected
  • As part of a discussion
  • Contributing our experiences
  • Discussing and reflecting
  • Participatory

I invite YOU to experience this new form of learning, to form your own opinion, to create strategies to bring this new form into a classroom and to rethink how “classrooms” are/will/should look like in the present/future. Participate in the discussion. Comment here, comment on Angela’s blog and contribute via Twitter, using the hashtag #passiondriven.

Wikipedia defines Passion as:

Passion ( from Latin verb patior meaning to suffer or to endure) is an emotion applied to a very strong feeling about a person or thing. Passion is an intense emotion compelling feeling, enthusiasm, or desire for something. The term is also often applied to a lively or eager interest in or admiration for a proposal, cause, or activity or love. Passion can be expressed as a feeling of unusual excitement, enthusiasm or compelling emotion towards a subject, idea, person, or object. A person is said to have a passion for something when he has a strong positive affinity for it. A love for something and a passion for something are often used synonymously.

Create a Wordle by using this definition and you will get the following visual representation (Well, I added a few extra “Passions”). I immediately see the words “enthusiasm”, “feeling”, “emotion”, “compelling” and “strong” pop out at me.

As I am googling “Passion in Education”, I am running across snippets such as:

  • rekindle your passion
  • passion and humor
  • passion and potential
  • passion and persistence
  • passion and excitement
  • passion and conviction
  • motivation and the passion to learn
  • passion for knowing
  • passion is contagious and provocative
  • passion driven learning objectives
  • feel their passion for students and education
  • passionate about what we believe
  • passion is what keeps teachers looking forward

I am also intrigued by some of the quotes I am finding from educators and their thoughts about passion.

Eric Sheninger

[…] students are permitted to follow their passion, which results in the active pursuit of self-directed learning opportunities.

Sir Ken Robinson

Finding your passion changes everything.

Steve Irwin

I believe that education is all about being excited about something. Seeing passion and enthusiasm helps push an educational message.

These three quotes above seem to address three different aspects of passion (in education):

  • Teachers’ Passion
  • Students’ Passion
  • Passion in itself and for Education

As an educator, ask yourself: What is YOUR passion?

Image licensed under Creative Commons by rAmmoRRison
  • What makes you get up every morning?
  • What makes you continue doing what you believe in, although it is harder?
  • What makes you take the road less traveled?
  • What makes you share your work?
  • What makes you love what you do?

As an educator ask yourself: What are my students’ passions?

  • How can you tap into your students’ passions?
  • How can you relate to passions that you could not have even imagined a few years ago?
  • How can you connect your students’ passion to the academic content you are teaching?

And how can you use your passion to make a difference and move education forward?

  • Why should you contribute?
  • How do you share your passion with the world?
  • How can you add your passion to others in order to move forward?
  • How can you be part of a bigger picture?

I tried to look at the topic “Passion in Education” from yet another angle…from consuming different media and sources such as posts, tweets, quotes, slides, literature and Google Searches about the topic…to playing with and producing media…

Passion in Education from langwitches on Vimeo.

We have the capacity to interact with other passions and have the privilege of living in a time in history when we can connect anytime, anyhow and anywhere.

We are able to express our passions in more ways than ever before. We are talking about a myirad of passions, present in the field of education. By choosing to share our passion with the world, we contribute a puzzle piece to a bigger picture.

What is your puzzle piece and how are you choosing to add it to the bigger picture?