I am linking up with one of my very best friends for this book study.. and while I am still 8 days away from
the end of my tunnel summer vacation, I am already thinking about next year and what I can do differently to be more engaging to students.
Chapter 1: Passion
There are 3 different kinds of passion described in Chapter 1.
Dave asks "Within your subject matter, what are you passionate about teaching?"
Well I am most passionate about teaching science. I love watching children "doing" learning. I think that is most fun to me when they click with it. I have also a great passion for literature based lessons. I love connecting EVERYTHING to a book. I absolutely love reading books and sharing stories with my students. Students remember the stories and activities they did when reading together.
Dave asks "Within your profession, but not specific to your subject matter, what are you passionate about?"
I absolutely love my students. Spending time with them and listening to their stories is rewarding for me. They come in each day telling me how much they love me and what a great teacher I am. I love their laughter. I can't count how many hugs and giggles I get from my students everyday. I love spending time with them and they love coming to my class. That is what makes teaching most rewarding!
Dave asks "Completely outside of your profession, what are you passionate about?"
For me, this is a long list of things! I am very passionate about my family. I love spending time with my husband and my puppy. I take entirely way too many pictures of my dog, but he's just so cute! I also love sports- baseball and football.. and because my husband is overly passionate about hockey.. that too! I also am very passionate about DISNEY! I love going to Disney World. It truly is the happiest place on Earth (for me). I have incorporated all of these into my classroom this year. My classroom is Disney themed.. I am immediately happier when I am there just because of the decorations and such in my room. I also share simple stories about my husband and my pup. The kids love hearing silly stories about my puppy and they love when I can connect my personal life with a lesson. They are immediately more engaged even if it is just using them in a story problem for math.
Dave connects teaching to being a pirate. Being daring and courageous to enter into uncharted territories. He is absolutely right. We use our passion to keep us going when days get long. We are willing to do whatever it takes!
"Individuality of expression is the beginning and end of all art." Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe