If you’ve yet to attend a USA Weightlifting event, you’ve got to put that on your “must do” list. The coaches and lifters have put their heart into it – the “blood, sweat, and tears” into training – technique, discipline, desire, drive, intensity, and of course, time. It’s really an impressive thing to see. A word for this? Passion.
Passion brings about positive results in a multiple ways, far beyond what one realizes.
It’s important to have passions that you share with your students. It doesn’t have to be earth-shattering. What you bring to the classroom is something that makes your teaching richer. Last summer, some of my passions were becoming a beginning blogger and becoming involved in the Twitter-verse. I was able to share these with my students which led to adventures unknown.
Who would have known that my blogging would spur on weekly (nearly daily) student blogging, and that one student would begin her own blog at the beginning of this summer? (Proud of Rachel!)
Who would have known that my learning on Twitter would grow into a classroom Twitter account, which would connect us to many, including a Paralympian sled hockey gold medalist Taylor Lipsett and book author Peter H. Reynolds. I love to be able to take a peek into classrooms around the world and comment back and forth. Sharing our “Twaiku” poetry led to novel sharing and creative uses of the colAR Mix app.
This summer look for something to bring to the table, to your classroom and students, to share with others and then see what happens. Books, travel, sports experiences, hobbies, new discoveries, any learning, maybe even a new recipe! It definitely will not be void of return.
What you love and share will be a gift to others because they will also have a taste of your passion. Almost nothing could be more richly full of meaning and devotion. What’s really cool is that your energy will bounce back to you in ideas and reactions from your classroom of creative minds and individual passions.
Enjoy your summer adventures as what you’re doing now may turn into a new pathway of learning for your students.