Passion Based Learning

3 questions to drive passion based learning are: What will I learn? What will I solve? what will I create? In a nutshell, this is we should think of school. Not memorizing to pass a test or even the class in general.

What will I learn? The first thing that stuck out to me in this section of the article is that students need to be interested in order to really learn something from subject. We, as educators, need to draw something out of them to help them actually enjoy learning and want to continue learning. It’s not only teachers that can help students want to learn though, other students can bring out the best in each other as well.

What will I solve? There was a great quote in this section from Ewan McIntosh, “Currently, the world’s education systems are crazy about problem- based learning, but they’re obsessed with the wrong bit of it. While everyone looks at how we could help you people become better problem- solvers, we’re not thinking how we could create a generation of problem finders.” So instead of making students just education problem solvers, if they were to instead be problem finders, they can find problems within not only their school, but in their communities and maybe one day go bigger than that.

What will I create? The first sentence says that students should create something they’re interested in and share the process. By sharing the process they start to develop deeper in their mind and learning process. If students continued to dislike the things they were doing then they probably wouldn’t gain anything from the experience.

Here are some of the 25 Ways to Institute, 1. Share your passions with your students: If you show them how interested and committed you are to something maybe they will be too! 3. Let students share their passions: When students can share something about themselves and what they like to do, it makes them feel unique. 4. Introduce them to resources that help them exercise their passions: Exposing them to more resources of what they like could open more doors for them. These were just 3 of the 25, but they are the ones that stuck out to me the most and are the ones I thought were pretty important.

Nine Tenets: 1. Reach out to the disenfranchised 2. Show relevance to life outside school: I think this is huge, because all you hear people talk about is how you need to go to school, finish school, go to more school, then do what you want. 3. Indoctrinate passion in the system: Passion is harded to measure, than what the school system would like us to measure. 4. Try using the school wide enrichment model 5. Digital media is key: Kids nowadays connect more to media than ever before. 6. Tap into the wisdom of you trusted peers 7. Become a digital citizen 8. Passion is infectious: When you are around others that are passion based learners it can rub off to you and others around you. 9. Connect with parents: Building a relationship between parents and school.

Here are the links to the articles I read:

ILP– Baking Part 2

This week I unfortunately didn’t have time to bake anything. Instead I thought I’d share more on why I would like to learn more about baking and what it means to me. From the stressful week I’ve had I sure wish I would have made a dessert of some sort to help calm me down. But sadly, because this is my busiest time of the year (rounding out the end of basketball season), I didn’t get a chance to even go to the store to get the supplies I would have needed. On to why I chose baking from scratch!

I chose to do baking because I feel it is a skill that anyone can acquire if you take the time to settle down and and take some time out of your day. I’ve always had a lot of family members that bring goodies to holiday events and they are always the bomb, in my opinion. So you always see moms on TV shows making treats for their kids to take to school and I have always wanted to do that when I actually have kids or even for my classes once I become a teacher. Getting started on learning to bake from scratch was somewhat intimidating. I see all these ideas on Pinterest and want to jump right in! Last week though, I decided to make a recipe that was from my aunt. It seemed way easier that creating something off of Pinterest. Maybe one day I’ll conquer a Pinterest creation once I get more familiar with my baking skills.

Baking a recipe from a box seems a lot easier, don’t get me wrong, but the fulfillment I felt after baking my banana cake last week was amazing. The fact that I baked something pretty decent was mind blowing in itself. I knew after that I could only go up from there. True, that the more difficult of an item I choose to bake the higher chance of me failing, but I am up for the challenge. Baking helps build up my character, in its own way.

And since I plan on becoming a teacher, I could send home a note asking parents to write down their child/childrens’ allergies. By knowing the allergies in my classroom and baking from scratch I will know EXACTLY what I will be putting in the dessert. I could also send home with the students all the allergies I received, this way if a student or their parent/s were to make anything for the class they would have a heads up as well.

Baking is a skill and I applaud anyone who does it, whether it be as a career or just in their free time.

Here are some baking sites that I could use in the future: