School is a wonderful place. It is a wonderful place if you enjoy memorizing information and regurgitating said information to perform well on a test and then forgetting about it because it is mostly useless in the real world. Yes, some little facts may still remain trapped in your brain that you may use down the road to answer a trivia question or blurt out to one-up someone. But I would have liked to have had an educational experience that helped me grow as a person and learned about what I was interested in.
Passion based learning is something I have recently done a lot of research about. A few great articles that really had good information for me were Ainissa Ramirez’s “Passion-Based Learning” and Tina Barseghian’s “Nine Tenants of Passion-Based Learning.” They both talked about how a teacher’s passion is infectious and how that will affect the students and get the students interested and want to get involved. I think that so many times educators forget how exciting something can be to a student. The educator may not have an interest in it but, if they fake it for their students then the students may find a passion for it that they would have missed without that initial action from the teacher.
My job as a future educator is to make sure I have that passion for everything. I also need to understand that the students need to be introduced to topics and given the basics before I were to teach all the in-depth information. My goal as a future educator is to integrate passion-based learning into my curriculum while also meeting the requirements of the state. This may be a challenge because of how schools are set up now, it seems as if the government doesn’t care much about individual’s learning until they get to college and are expected to know what field they want to go into for the rest of their lives. I believe that college is sort of an example of passion-based learning because, hopefully, you are passionate and excited about whatever field you are going into.
I would have loved to have started learning more about children in high school. How children think, why they act the way they do, and how to teach them fascinates me and is really fun for me to learn about. Yes, I was an excellent student in high school but as I go through college I realize how wasted most of what I learned is. I took 3 years of pottery because I loved it and I had a passion in working with clay, some students didn’t get that opportunity because they “had” to take specific classes to get into college, their parents wanted them to, or a scholarship needed some other class. That always made me so sad because they were miserable doing what they didn’t want to. My goal as a future educator is to find out what each of my students are passionate about and get them learning something about that as often as possible.