Nowadays there are so many ways to teach. How do we know as a society which ones are best and which ones are worse? Well of course we have to run them through a trial and error. I really did not know too much about passion-based teaching but after reading the two articles I read, I want to try to teach passion-based learning within my classroom.
The article Passion Based Learning by: Ainissa Ramirez, was probably one of the best articles I have read about passion-based learning. It gave so much helpful information, I did not leave reading it confused, much like I have been when I have read other articles about teaching strategies. In this article the author talks about STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, we need to get children engaged in this program. It helps them explore what they are passionate about and what they excel at. It also helps bring the passion back into learning. If the student is excited and passionate about what they are learning about they have a better chance of walking away with a better understanding. According to the article passion drives everything, just like selling movies or even getting people to do things that excite them. We need to talk that power of passion and take the time to find out what drives the students and also let them get excited about learning something they may not have been so excited about before. The article also points out that we as teachers need to be vulnerable, and it does not mean let the students walk all over you, it means be vulnerable with still having a source of power in your court. This article breaks down everything that passion-based learning should be and how it should be taught. (http://www.edutopia.org/blog/passion-based-learning-ainissa-ramirez)
The second article I read was an interview with someone who is passionate about passion-based learning. The article Passion Based Learning for 21st Century by: Jon Norton. Mr. Norton interview Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach for the article. The main base of this article describes the transformation that needs to take place when teaching passion based learning. She knows that technology is a huge part of today’s society so why not integrate that into our teaching lessons. Lets embrace it and let it help the passion base learning. We need to get the teacher to talk less and let the students talk more. The more they communicate and express how they feel the more passionate they will get about learning. Remember when we were in kindergarten and we had that “sense of wonderment”, she thinks that we need to encourage older kids to keep that wonderment and play it into their passions that they have. In the interview she also believes that we need play to the students strengths and not their weaknesses. When playing to their strengths they get to see the passion light up and they want to keep learning like that. What I took away from the article was that we need to work at passion based learning. It will not come easy and it has to be something you need to master and make you and your students vulnerable to learning something new. (http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2011/04/20/interview_nussbaum-beach.html)
When I start teaching I want to at least try to start passion based learning into my classroom. I feel that if we are passionate about something then we will want to work at it more and learn more!