As an educator, I am most passionate about my STUDENTS’ passions. I have my own passions, of course, but what they love and what they do in their life is just as important as what I love and do in mine. I try to learn about and incorporate their passions in our classroom at every opportunity I get, and I have to tell you, our classroom environment is just off-the-charts respectful and genuinely friendly.
They try hard for me because they KNOW, without a doubt, how important they are to me. They explore French culture on their own time, at home, because I encourage them to connect their passions to something in French culture. I call these assignments ‘French Connections’. When they can combine their own passions with the learning they are doing, the work they turn in is downright magical.
As a person, I am curious to explore the world around me and learn new things. I don’t always stick with the new thing I’ve explored or learned. In fact, Justin might tell you that I’m all or nothing. I put all my curiosity into one thing quite fiercely, and then at some point, I just ditch it all together. However, I don’t see that as a bad thing! I am just so CURIOUS! I want to learn as much as I can in what little time we humans are granted on this earth. So I give new things my all until I feel I’ve mastered it to my liking, and then I go out and find a new thing to be curious about.
I always encourage my students to stay curious. To always be learning. To always be growing. Their passion, their curiosity, and their growth? Well… that is my true passion.
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