I personally have always been a learner. On my down time I read a lot, and do research on different topics that have crossed my path throughout the week. Going to school it is easy to notice all of the kids who are there because they have no choice. School has become a monotonous part of life. You go because you have to, and slowly your days tick by until graduation.
Passion is not a new concept for most. Everyone has something in their lives they live for. For me it is reading and writing. For some it is cars, math, law, guns, art, etc. The problem lies with how these subjects are taught if they are in schools at all. Passion starts with the teachers teaching them.
In Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach’s post, Passion Based Learning for the 21st Century, she makes a good point, “I know passion-based learning may seem like a crazy kind of term. Some people hear it and think about learning that’s out of control— that it’s all about what students want to do and not about what they need to do.” Truly, it needs to be a balance.
Think back to being in high school, or even elementary school. What was that one subject you just dreaded going to? For me it was math. I cannot stand math. Each year the teachers would show up, and teach us what we needed to know. We would show up, and move on. Finally, in my senior year of high school I had a teacher with a true passion for math. Not quite sure how that is possible, but it was.
You could tell in the way she taught, and helped the students she wasn’t just there for a paycheck. I didn’t dread going to math, and I was able to catch on to what we were learning so much faster than ever before. All because this one teacher had a fire that blew into the minds of her students.
Students do need to learn subjects they may have no interest in, but if teachers put together a curriculum that incorporates real life, and fun into what they are teacher kids will be more apt to learn. This is where the passion-based learning comes in. If we as teachers take the time to learn about our students and teach in a way they can learn it would make lives so much easier.
This is easier said than done. Another article I looked at this week is 25 Ways to Institute Passion Based Learning in the Classroom by Saga Briggs. It gives 25 great ways for teachers, and even parents to play off of a students passions to help them grow as learners.
If half of the teachers implemented passion based learning, and had a passion for what they were teaching there is no doubt in my mind we could create a generation of learners. I truly hope this has brought to light an issue people may not look at with our schooling systems, and I hope we can light a fire to bring learning back!