Passion Based Learning

The two articles that I really enjoyed on passion based learning were “3 Questions To Drive Passion Based Learning,” by George Couros and “25 Ways to Institute Passion Based Learning,” by Sara Briggs.

I really enjoyed George’s article for many reasons. The three questions that he narrows it down to are absolutely excellent.

In the article it talks about:

“What will I learn?”

“What will I solve?”

“What will I create?”

These are the three questions that George talks about in his writing.

In the “What will I learn?” part of things George talks about his research on the importance of content in learning. He uses an example of learning to play the guitar and how basically not knowing how to play the chords would actually lead to simply mimicking playing the air guitar. You may know how to play the chords, but eventually creating music could be the goal.  What is important in this process is having the opportunity to learn something that you are interested in. If you are learning something that you are interested in you are creating passion. Content is much more engaging to explore when we are actually interested in the topic.

In the “What will I solve?” section of things George includes a very powerful quote, “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 young people become better problem-solvers, we’re not thinking how we could create a generation of problem finders.” This really hit home for me because it is so true. When students have the chance to try and see problems from the perspective of others, that does not help them develop as learners, but also as better people.

Lastly in the “What will I create?” section George also includes another quote ““When school leaders tell me “our school is building a $25 million Makerspace,” I am concerned that Makerspaces may exacerbate educational iniquity. While there are expensive pieces of hardware that may need to be secured, I want the bulk of making to permeate every corner of a school building and every minute of the school day. Teachers whose Makerspace is in a few cardboard boxes are doing brilliant work. Making across the curriculum means students as novelists, mathematicians, historians, composers, artists, engineers–rather than being the recipient of instruction.” Gary Stage

In conclusion after reading each section of the three questions I think students should have the opportunity something of interest to them and share it. I love that we get to do that in this class with our independent learning project, and I will definitely use the same type of activity in my future classroom. I love everything about this idea.

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The second article that really interested me in the passion based learning section was “25 Ways to Institute Passion Based Learning,” by Sara Briggs.  There are obviously 25 ways that she includes in her article, however there are a few that i chose of my favorite.

The most important one to me is letting students share their passions. Passion is contagious. Sharing passions with each other will spread the drive to learn and excite everyone in a way to help them drive on with their passion.

Another important one to me that she listed was to view passions equally. Try not to let any bias creep into the picture when it comes to student passions. Though you may harbor a secret fondness for the student who pores over Shakespeare during your 7th grade reading period, encourage the student who brings a fly-fishing guide to class as well. Students also need to remember this when they are sharing their passions with each other.

The last one that I found important was to surround your students with passionate people. This is important for encouragement. All together I really enjoyed all of the reading on passion based learning.



3 thoughts on “Passion Based Learning

  1. I loved reading the article “3 Questions to Drive Passion Based Learning”. The questions really got me think, I can’t imagine how well they would with students their own projects. I plan on using them in my future classroom to make sure students are putting effort and actually thinking about. I didn’t read the other article but it sounds like I should go back and read it!


  2. I also really enjoyed the article by Sara Briggs. I thought she brought up some really good points of simple things teachers can do to make the classroom more fun. Passion is contagious and if us as teachers don’t show passion neither will our children. This closely ties with surrounding them with passionate people. I also liked how you brought up to not bring bias into someone’s passion. As a teacher it is so important to encourage everyone’s passion. Great post!


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