This week I read two Passion-Based Learning articles. The first was 3 Questions to Drive Passion-Based Learning by George Couros. Couros made some interesting points on what teachers can do to help stimulate learning, especially when relating to passionate projects. The three questions that he had in general were his best ideas that he illustrated. What will I learn? What will I solve? What will I create? I thought Couros did a good job of explaining the first and third questions, but he definitely left some questions and some unexplained areas in the second. He mentioned that we need to teach students to become problem finders versus problem solvers. While, I agree we need to teach to uncover complex problems, I still believe that we need to continue to teach our students to be thinkers and problem solvers. Yes, in the real world we won’t have the problem identified for us, but students still need the skill of learning how to solve the problem. They both go together, and need to be taught for our students to develop into critical thinkers. I would honestly love to learn more how to teach problem finders, and how to develop this skill in our students.
The second article I read was called 25 Ways to Institute Passion-Based Learning in the Classroom by Sara Briggs. Right away Briggs pointed out that getting students motivated and engaged passionately is the key to getting students to learn and develop. Stating that is “now scientifically proven”. I enjoyed reading her points, because it gave an easy progress to read and analyze of little things that teachers can do to help stimulate their students during passion-based learning projects. One of the essential things I took away from the article, wasn’t even in the list. She mentioned that tapping into the student’s emotions is absolutely essential in the learning process. After reading that, I stopped and thought about how much sense that actually made! We can all be very emotional creatures, and if we as educators can tap into that, we can increase the retainment, and development of the learner. At the same time, we need to show just as much positive emotion teaching, because they need a role model on how to deal with your emotions.Something that I think can be easily overlook in the classroom setting, since there are some many other kids in each class. However, if we can achieve this emotional influence, then our students are going to benefit in a much more positive way that previously conceived.