When I think about “passion based learning”, one of the first things that came to mind was finding substance that intrigued every student and they wanted to learn more about. After reading a few of these articles, I realized that this approach to thinking isn’t necessarily true. The way that I was taught, as well as many students today, hasn’t changed much. I’ve touched on this fact in previous blogs, that although our world is changing, our teaching methods have much stayed the same with more of an emphasis being created on high stakes testing.
I believe that this is something that has taken all of the creativity and passion out of the classroom. School districts, administrators, and teachers are all too scared to perform badly because that comes with “consequences”. If your students or teachers don’t perform to a certain level, then the teacher could be put on probation or fired. I don’t know about you, but I would be teaching right out of the text as opposed to passionately if this were the case for me. But there are ways to help put the passion back in to teaching, even if we still have high stakes testing.
As Sara Briggs mentioned in her article, 25 Ways to Institute Passion-Based Learning in the Classroom, making time for ourselves outside of the classroom is necessary. This may seem selfish, but if you don’t take care of and help yourself, then you can’t help the person next to you who is drowning. If we have a hobby this helps create a “safe”, peaceful, and positive place outside of our teaching world; eventually as Sara mentioned, it will find its way into our classroom.
Another great idea is letting students take control of their learning. In my blog last week, I talked about how as adults we need to seek more input from our students/children. If we allow students to express their interests and give them different ways to present ideas in those ways, then students would be much more passionate about their learning.
In, Passion-Based Learning for the 21st Century, Sheryl mentions the fact that we are obviously in a digitally and technologically advanced world, and we must take that into account when understanding our students’ passions. In this class, that’s what I feel like Shaye has done for me. I haven’t been “passionate” about my learning in very many of my classes, but this one is different, in a great way. We are able to learn, utilize, and synthesize our learning digitally and technologically in a fun and exciting way. Also, we are able to incorporate something we chose into this class, can it get much better than that?
I feel like these are two huge and amazing strategies that should be implemented in every modern day classroom. They are only two strategies, but I believe these two could completely change a classrooms students and teacher into being passionate and learning passionately. As a future teacher, it is essential that we look at these passion-based suggestions and implement them into our classrooms, and not let high stakes testing take out all the joy from our passion of teaching.