By Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach

A great education should include creating an environment of amazing choices, rich literature, colorful experiences, conversations with diverse individuals and engaging learning activities from which students can choose. Help students find their passion. Expose them to art, music, sports, culture, history, and more. Allow them to problem solve through play and to use the learning elements as objects with which to tinker and learn. Love of learning and preparation for life does not happen in textbook chapters and learning modules. Rather it happens through relationships, exploration, creation and connections.

What are you most passionate about? What are your students most passionate about? Do you know?

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2 Responses to “Passion Based Living and Learning”

  1. Ryan Bretag February 2, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    Experiences, rich and diverse, are such an important piece of the learning equation. Too often, the conversation focuses almost exclusively on content and skills. What a shame! It should be a SHED balance: skills, habits of minds, experiences, and dispositions.

    One of the experiences we’ve worked hard to build ties directly to your thoughts about passions. It is called Spartans Connect. We take one day and drop the formal curriculum. In its place, a passion-, interest-based conference led by student presenters, teacher/staff presenters, guest presenters, and combinations. These are doing experiences where students become teachers and teachers become students. Students and teachers each design their day around over 100 offerings.

    The goal is to create sparks, ignite passions, and make connections using interests that are uniquely and collectively us. Here is my write up from last year:


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