Monday, 13 May 2013

What is your passion?


What is your passion?  I have been doing a lot of reading on other blogs and I am curious....what is your passion?  This video has had me thinking.....what is my passion?  

Passionate Teachers from Paul Bogush on Vimeo.

A few weeks ago my students enjoyed the pep talk from Kid president.  They have been saying quotes from his motivational speech.

Top 5 repeated quotes are:
5. “If there are two paths, I want to be on the one that leads to awesome”
4. “The world needs to stop being boring”
3. “Create something that will make the world awesome”
2.“You were made to be awesome”
1.“Don’t stop believing, unless your dream is stupid… then get a better dream and keep going, keep going, keep going…”

I wonder what path would lead them to awesome.  My student's "awesome" will be different from my awesome.  So what is awesome to my teens?  I believe somewhere in their awesome would be their passion.

I wonder what is their passion.  No matter how amazing my lesson fascinating I can make history, math or science there still are students who are not going be intrigued because well quite frankly it does not interest them. It does not contain their passion. 

If I had a chance to be sitting in a classroom again. What would I want to learn?
Well, I can tell you.  I would want to learn about the "Genius Hour".

What is the "Genius Hour"? 
 I can tell you that I have been doing a lot of reading about it.  I have watched videos about it.  I can tell you that I want to know more....find out more...put it into practise.  Then I can tell you, show you, explain to you and explore more.

This very premise is the idea behind Genius Hour. One hour a week, I will give students a chance to explore what interests them.  There are not many weeks left in school so they have a few weeks to explore what ever it is that interests them.  It can be ANYTHING.

Freaky as a teacher to let go of one hour. One hour a week to actually research what it is that interests them.  The students will find their own injury question and dance with it.

Tomorrow they will be introduced to the idea.  Tomorrow the match will be struck!  Tomorrow they will be given the idea of Genius Hour and then time for the week to think about what question it is they want to discover.

 I will encourage my students to research their own passions, interests and what they want to learn about. 

 I am curious to see what their passions will be.

What is your passion this week?


  1. I love this post! Thanks for sharing the passion video, it's one that I will be passing on to a good friend who is working on her principal qualifications and it gave me chills. I'm really interested in how your Genius Hour will go...can't wait to read more :)

  2. Thanks Jenn! I plan to keep posting about the experience as I am so excited about it as well. The passion video really hit home with me too. Especially the part with the students who were just staring with the clock ticking......I remember feeling that way in school.

  3. Love this!!!!! Great post!


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