By Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach

Passion based learning interviewThere is a transformation I believe must take place in teaching and learning practices if elementary and secondary schools are to remain relevant in an era when information and communication technologies will continue to expand exponentially.

In this Education Week Teacher interview with education journalist John Norton, I describe the shift that needs to take place in education and talk about the impact of passion-based learning for students. Read the interview at Education Week Teacher

Want a little more?

John Norton has shared the longer version here (including the original introduction) for folks that would like a deeper discussion. Read the full interview

What do you think?

Are you interested in exploring passion-based learning? Any experiences from your own classroom to share? Share with me in the comments.

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6 Responses to “Interview: Passion-based learning for the 21st Century”

  1. Joel Heinrichs May 20, 2011 at 6:10 am #

    Another way to talk about passion-based education is to encourage student engagement. I discuss this more in one of recent blog posts here: http://bit.ly/gGp0HX

  2. Sue G. July 17, 2011 at 8:54 pm #

    I think the idea of “passion-based learning” might initially send fear into teachers, as many are set in the way they deliver lessons. I believe what is being described in the article is similar to that of the “Multiple-Intelligence” Theory. I think if more teachers took the time to really examine what is being presented in the article, I don’t think they would find it hard to implement in their class rooms. When assigning a project, or even a test, one could present different methods relating to the different modalities. There doesn’t have to be “just one” type of assessment for all. If the students are able to choose what way they are most comfortable with, then they are more likely to demonstrate what they know more effectively. I do know a few teachers who have tried this and I think it is wonderful-especially as a Special Education teacher. My students are able to select choices that they feel they can best express what they know about given topics!

  3. Wang Guiyun October 18, 2011 at 3:11 am #

    I agree withIwhat is expressed by Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach: have students “work from their strengths”.
    Maybe it may sound interesting to begin with, what I feel unsure is how to assess the students products.

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