Passion for your Career

 

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Passionate teachers and passionate learners are something that we think of when we image the education world, but our imagination tends to get the best of us and soon enough reality sets in. Why do we find passion in education to be something that is more of a fantasy than a reality? Why are we losing student engagement, and how do we reverse the standardized stigma of public education?

I feel that as a nation, we expect our teachers to have a passion for their career, because their passion provides enthusiasm, which in turn, generates student excitement about learning. I also feel that passion is contagious. Speaking from experience, when I am working with or learning from someone who is passionate about their career, it makes me want to apply that same passion into my own life and demonstrate it through my everyday life. I strongly believe that when students are taught and guided by a passionate teacher, they are not only willing to be engaged in the lessons and put forth effort to their school work, but they are inspired to find and pursue something that they are passionate about as well. When they find their passion, they tend to pursue it through higher education, so they can one day have a career that they love.

I think we have it figured out why having a passionate teacher is important, so why does the education system seem to strip teachers of their passion? I think there is a fine line that is crossed when teachers get drained of their passion when trying to meet all the standards and benchmarks of our precise educational system. It doesn’t seem that we have a lot of time to delve into our creative sides, because we have constant and steady deadlines to meet which also tends to strip enthusiasm of our students. However, if a teacher is truly passionate, they will find a way to always show their excitement and engage their students. I also think that it is a learning tool for the students; when they see that the teachers are making adjustments to make something that isn’t very enjoyable, enjoyable they will start to apply that skill to their own lives. Their situation may  not be the best, but happiness is a choice, and I believe that this is true to any aspect of life.

That being said, I am not sure we can really reverse the standardized stigma because there are regulations to be followed. Being passionate and staying passionate is the teacher’s choice, they have to find ways to keep students engaged and push the creativity to the highest level by allowing them to guide their own learning, while still being able to meet the required standards and benchmarks. I don’t think this is an easy task at all; it takes a lot of time and effort, that’s why teachers have to be truly passionate about their career. I believe it should be a necessity to education, not a privilege.

Resources that Inspired me:

Nine Tenets of Passion-Based Learning

21st Century Educating, Part 1: Passion

 

 

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  1. corymartens says:

    I agree with you! Students are much more willing to participate in activities or lessons when the teacher shows that they are excited or passionate about the topic. I mean, what student wants to do something when even the instructor doesn’t want to do it?

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    1. So true! How many times have you found yourself in that situation? I feel like I have more than a few times and it’s super uncomfortable!

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  2. jaylinnlohrdigitalliteracy says:

    What a great post! I agree that if we make the class fun then students will want to learn. We have to passionate so that the students care! I have found myself knowing when my teachers don’t care then in turn I don’t care either. Great job and thanks for the great tips!

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    1. I feel the same way! When I don’t see effort put forth, I don’t want to put any forth on my end either. It is important to realize that students see those characteristics at a very early age. Thank you!

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      1. jaylinnlohrdigitalliteracy says:

        You’re welcome!

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  3. xiyunblog says:

    Being passionate is so important especially for teachers! Great post! We want our students to be passionate about what they’re learning, so if we’re not passionate about teaching then how can we expect our students to be passionate about learning? I also agree with you that the educational systems and school standards drains our passion for teaching and what we love. If we really are passionate about that subject then we can overcome those standard struggles! I see that with other professors a lot and it drives me crazy that they are just going through the textbook and the motions of teaching. I hope to someday teach passionately on something I love and show my passion.

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    1. Thank you! I feel like our attitude directly affects our student’s attitudes and their willingness to want to learn and participate. It also bothers me when teachers are just going through the motion, it makes me not want to participate in the class. Since you recognize that passion is what is needed to teach, I am sure you are going to carry out that passion in your career!

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  4. This is a great post! (Also, great image that you added!) It is true that trying to be passionate and following guidelines and regulations sounds extremely difficult, and I’m very sure it is, but that’s why you have to be so passionate about what you’re doing. I feel like a lot of teachers give up and succumb to the guidelines and refuse to try to make passion and rules be one, and I think that hurts every student that walks through the doors. Hopefully some day it won’t be that hard, but in the mean time I think teachers have to work harder than most to shape the coming generations into passionate and knowledgeable individuals.

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    1. I completely agree! Being a great teacher takes a lot of effort. I also feel like the passion and attitude have to spread out all day, so students keep a good attitude themselves…wow, lots of work!

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