Sunday, November 7, 2010

Passion in Education

I cannot get the word passion out of my head after watching Silvia Tolisano’s video, Passion In Education. We have all know teachers that could accomplish the most unimaginable task or project. Most of these same teachers seem to turn around students placed in their class that lacked any desire or love for school or learning. You have known some I’m sure. It is a marvelous, awe-inspiring experience to be around them when they are working with children. What do they possess that allows them to make that connection with kids that others seem to be lacking? I submit that the main quality missing is a passion for learning and love of the students and subject in which they are teaching.

I’m still trying to have a more complete understanding of the meaning of passion. I’ve read Merriam-Webster online dictionary, which offers the following synonym discussion of PASSION:
passion, fervor, ardor, enthusiasm, zeal mean intense emotion compelling action. passion applies to an emotion that is deeply stirring or ungovernable . fervor implies a warm and steady emotion . ardor suggests warm and excited feeling likely to be fitful or short-lived . enthusiasm applies to lively or eager interest in or admiration for a proposal, cause, or activity . zeal implies energetic and unflagging pursuit of an aim or devotion to a cause .

I have watched Silvia Tolisano’s video Passion In Education.

Passion in Education from langwitches on Vimeo.

As I continue to wrap my brain around passion and education, I begin to think of my PLN. Yes, an excellent means of illustrating passion in education would be to offer examples of people who are passionate about education. I know that students develop a greater understanding when given examples. I pull a list of PLN members. Whoa, I find it very difficult to make choices but do offer the following names: Silva Tolisano @langwiches, Kelly Tenkely @ktenkely, Kevin Jarrett @kjarrett, Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher, Edna Sackson @whatedsaid, Kathleen McGeady @kathmcgeady, Pernille Ripp @4thGrdTeach, Karen Keenan @2ndgradeteach, George Couros @gcouros, and Chris Wejr @Mr.Wejr.

After checking these web pages my understanding of passion in education is much more complete and I know yours will be also. Have you found your passion? Sir Ken Robinson says, “Finding your passion changes everything.” I would love to hear your comments on passion.


  1. Hi Rich,
    What a humbling experience to have my name in that group, thank you for that. I try to be passionate, in whichever way that word can be interpreted. No matter what though, I believe in my kids and know that they will learn something in my class. I just have to make them believe in themselves. I have the best job in the world even on "bad" days and I will be forever thankful for getting to work with kids. I am never sure whether that shows in their test scores or in their grades but I do know that my kids feel safe in my room. I have many people I admire where their passion oozes from them, I hope to some day join those ranks but until I do, I am certainly going to go in there and teach as if this was my last day with these kids.


  2. Pernille,
    In reading your blog posts and tweets, I can assure you, I see, hear, and feeling your passion for teaching and for the kids. I think passion is contagious so keep on posting. You may be contributing to a pandemic movement taking place. Wishing you all the best as we begin the holiday season.
    Rich in San Antonio TX