Passion-Based Learning

The first Passion-Based Learning article I chose was 25 Ways to Institute Passion-Based Learning in the Classroom.  http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/25-ways-to-institute-passion-based-learning-in-the-classroom/. This article had some really great ideas on how to incorporate Passion-Based Learning into the class. Some of the points really hit home to me. First off I liked that the author addressed the fact that students are more likely to learn if they are emotionally motivated to do so. If a student is actively participating and emotionally available to what they are learning or being presented, then they will be more open to learn.

A few key points which I liked are as follows:

  • Share your own passions.  Passions are catching, if I as an educator, show students that I am passionate about them learning and what is being taught then they will be more apt to be passionate about it.
  • Let students share their passions.  I believe it is very important to get to know your students as well as you can.  If you know your students and what drives them you can meet their needs more affectively.
  • Help students find resources which encourage their passions.  By helping your students find others who have the same passions will help them examine their passion more closely.
  • Connect passions to real world scenarios.  Although I think this can’t always be done, it is important for students to be able to apply themselves to the real world.
  • Value all passions equally.  As an educator I know that there will be things I find more interesting or likable about student’s passions, but I don’t want them to ever know.   I want every child to believe that they are the most important person in that classroom.
  • Show students how learning about what they think are unrelated topics can help them learn more about their passion.  Even though a subject may seem like it has nothing to do with what they are doing, there may be key connecting points within the lesson.

The next Passion-Based Learning article I read was Passion-Based Learning for the 21st Century http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2011/04/20/interview_nussbaum-beach.html. The author emphasized the importance of knowing as educators it is time to change. We live in a connected world and technology is a big part of our lives. Technology is a wonderful tool which can help students connect with their passions. It also can lead to alternative assessments, which educators can see improvement. Some examples of this were portfolios and projects. We need to keep the “sense of wonderment” in children’s lives, work with their strengths. Educators need to find student’s strengths, or how they learn the best, and works with those.

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