Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Nine Tenets of Passion-Based Learning

The Schoolwide Enrichment Model is Alive at The Island School
MindShift, a site that explores the future of learning, recently provided an overview of the passion-driven learning talk I gave with other esteemed panelists (Angela Maiers, Amy Sandvold, and George Couros) on the Future of Education. Steve Hargadon moderated the conversation during which we discussed “passion-based” learning. 

Mindshift pulled together nine key points we discussed during the talk along with some additional thoughts from John Seely Brown, co-author of A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change, and educator Jackie Gerstein.

Here are the nine tenants of passion-based learning
  1. REACH OUT TO THE DISENFRANCHISED.
  2. SHOW RELEVANCE TO LIFE OUTSIDE SCHOOL.
  3. INDOCTRINATE PASSION INTO THE SYSTEM.
  4. TRY USING THE SCHOOLWIDE ENRICHMENT MODEL.
  5. DIGITAL MEDIA IS KEY.
  6. TAP INTO THE WISDOM OF YOUR TRUSTED PEERS.
  7. BECOME A DIGITAL CITIZEN.
  8. PASSION IS INFECTIOUS.
  9. CONNECT WITH PARENTS.
Now if these were the guidelines we used to drive public education, many innovative educators would feel a whole lot better about their work.  


To read about each idea and the rest of the article visit this link

4 comments:

  1. I like the idea of showing passion. Passion is infectious. I will try to show more passion for learning, so I will be an example for my students.

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  2. Thanks, Lisa. I listened to the recording of that panel discussion multiple times when I was preparing a talk for my board on passion-driven learning. You and your copanelists have been (and continue to be) an incredible resource for me.

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  3. Relevance to life outside school! What a concept!! Thank you so much for sharing.

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  4. How about a 10th tenet:

    10. Ask the kids what they want to know about and figure out how to connect your subject to it!

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