Passion-based learning is typically only reached through passion based teaching. Teachers who bring passion to the topic they are teaching, help to initiate student learning and keep students engaged in their learning. In Ainissa Ramirez’s blog, she compares the process of passion-based teaching with fishing. The teacher’s initial passion about the topic they are teaching she describes as the worm that draws in students attention, and the teacher’s “learner” attitude as the hook that keeps them engaged.
Ainissa Ramirez’s outlook on vulnerability in teaching really stuck with me. Being a college student, I know how difficult it can be to bear your vulnerability and be open with your lack of knowledge throughout the learning process. It is important that teachers combat this by demonstrating their own vulnerability as a strength.
The blog post 21st Century Educating, Part 1 by Azjd made a point that resonated with me. Azjd stated, “Educators with passion are constantly looking for ways to get better. Not because of a need to amass content knowledge, or leadership strategies, or instructional tools, but because they know that developing as a professional is in the best interest of their students.” This perspective on professional development is so important for teachers to recognize. Passion-based teaching will inspire passion-based learning inside of the teachers themselves, as well as their students. If teachers care about their students genuinely, they will have no choice but to push themselves to take risks and use any resources available to be able to meet the needs and interests of their students. This means that every year, the teacher will need to adapt their teaching style and their curriculum to accommodate the different groups of students.
Still out of all the blog posts that I read this week, George Couros’ School vs. Learning was definitely my favorite. George’s blog post was motivational and informational all in three hundred words. The simple statements such as “School promotes starting by looking for answers. Learning promotes starting with questions” and “Schools teaches compliance. Learning is about challenging perceived norms” have become my new mantras as I enter the world of public education. I love how simply and beautifully his statements are but they immediately portray the idea so that everyone can grasp the meaning. In the comments section of the blog I saw some of Couros’ followers naming him the “Principal of Change” and for good reason. George’s inspirational and concise writing has made the inadequacies with the public school system obvious to everyone, which will in turn promote change.