3-30-2010 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST
Yesterday’s edchat followed a slightly different format. In preparation for the webinar with Sir Ken Robinson hosted by The Future of Education and due to take place in the evening, it was decided that a discussion, as a lead in to the webinar would be held. The topic was on passion in education, a theme in Sir Ken’s book, The Element, which was going to be the basis of the webinar. As ever a crowd gathered at the appointed time (though there was still some confusion over clock changes!) and off we went!
The discussion was lively and yes, well, passionate!
Here are some of the emerging themes – there were so many:
Passion is the love of something for its own sake.
Education needs to help people to find their passion (students, teachers, all involved in education)
Passion in education is about serving others.
How to sustain and maintain it? What causes it to go away?
Passion is a two-way street, both teachers and students can spark it.
How do pay & conditions, systems, testing etc.. affect passion?
PLNs can have a strong positive impact on nurturing and growing passion.
Does passion translate into vision?
Passion needs direction and guidance
Is passion the difference between great teachers and mediocre ones?
Here is a flavour of some of the comments.
MatthiasHeil: To me, passion is what makes us tick, and explore – even at great cost. Has to do with teaching, I guess…-
joe_bower: Passion is a love for something for its own sake and someone couldn’t stop you from doing it if they tried.
Malcolmbellamy: can we change passion to vision? I feel this is essential for change
Msmultipoint: Passion is what makes the world go around. Certainly in teaching, there has to be a HUGE amount of passion for serving others.
SECottrell: If you don’t have a passion to teach, you will end up wishing you were anywhere else.
cybraryman1: Passion is boundless enthusiasm
derrallg: Passion is the overiding drive backed by reason and emotion to accomplish what is more important than ourselves
Horizons93: PAssion is essential for learning. Most schools kill it.
tomwhitby: Is the amount of passion the difference between great teachers and mediocre teachers?
InspiringEd: Do you feel like passion is more of a goal of education (creating it in students) or a way of approaching the educating process?
Teachingwthsoul: But can we not continue “against all odds”? This is the key to never allowing the external systemic pieces to put out the fire
tomwhitby: What drains the Passion from those who have it? #edchat Old ideas and habits from above
iangowans: If you think of YOUR favourite tchr growing up, one quality I’d bet you name about them was their passion.
rliberni: I think we see it when students begin to ask lots of questions when they hunger for more
akenuam: to inspire passion we need to show how our students are so much more capable than people give them credit, raise expectations.
Mamacita: All too often, truly passionate, dedicated teachers are targeted & disciplined for that very thing. Dangerous wavemakers!
Teachingwthsoul: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”~Eleanor Roosevelt
jorech : The more I hear, the less I like the word “passionate.” Is “focused” better? I have known some “passionate” yet ineffective teachers
elanaleoni: #Education is the civil rights movement of our time. Without passion all hope for change is lost.
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As ever, there were some great links shared:
@cybraryman1: Teaching is not a profession; it’s a passion.Ed. Quotes: http://bit.ly/EPRmh
@joe_bower: I wrote this last night in anticipation of today’s passion/Sir Ken Robinson talk on #edchat http://bit.ly/9MREpU I am passionate about this!
@Edu4U: Good read on the changing face of the University http://budurl.com/q2kq
@joe_bower: You have 2 convince the kids who hate school to become tchrs if you want it 2 change (@rrmurry) <–real change! http://bit.ly/cLcPeB
@R4RLA: Collaborate with professionals to renew your passion! Attend/present at our conferences http://bit.ly/ccP37Q
@DeputyMitchell: Coveritlive has #edchat in one place here: http://bit.ly/9uOQrL
@malcolmbellamy: for a short introduction to Sir Ken Robinson’s ideas see http://bit.ly/aXl6AQ
@MikeGwaltney: Most people are more afraid of Failure than Mediocrity. It should be the reverse. http://bit.ly/9dhrUh @danielpink
@akenuam: what teachers make: http://bit.ly/27oCDA
@web20education: Teachers connect with other teacher @ShellTerrel – passion #edchat http://web20ineducation2010.ning.com/video/web-20-and-new-tehnologies-in
@graingered: @joe_bower Yes, inspire mindful students #edchat @ http://tinyurl.com/yc58hyd
@tomwhitby: Upon the conclusion of #edchat watcht this video on leadership. It fosters passion in followers. http://bit.ly/b9b6M4
@isteconnects: ETAN needs teacher advocates to tell Congress their stories. Share your passion! http://bit.ly/9enJ8M
joe_bower: Sometimes subversion is an act of professionalism to salvage passion in public edcuation http://bit.ly/bkDVoG
@graingered: We (teachers) look far & wide 4 solutions in education… we R the SOLUTION! We need to find our passion! http://tinyurl.com/ydhkd8r
@irishscott: Might read before the webinar: Sir Ken Robinson and The Element – http://bit.ly/w0Mdj
@joe_bower: Studies show that behaviourism, extrinsic manipulators like rewards and punishment are corrosive to passion http://bit.ly/aK3fXG
@DUMACORNELLUCIA: Our students learn more if they have a passionate teacher http://differentbutequaletwinning.blogspot.com/
@graingered: @rliberni Its OK to be wrong, right? http://tinyurl.com/yl6hhov
@graingered: @TEFL Know your students! Create personal learning stories http://tinyurl.com/yjggtwo Find their passion
@DUMACORNELLUCIA: Web 20 and new thnologies can bring passion for teachers and for students http://teacherluciandumaweb20.blogspot.com/
@joe_bower: Here is a cool TEDtalk on passion in education. Very cool story from India http://bit.ly/9cFfR1
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