Chapter 1 is being hosted by Guided Math today. Head over to her blog to check out what she has to say about passion.
Chapter one is about passion (the P in pirate) and not just having a passion for teaching. He talks about how content, professional, and personal passion interweave into your teaching.
One of the parts that really stuck with me was when he talks about what many teachers don't want to admit out loud: "Here is the secret: We are not passionate about everything we teach. It's OK! Let the freedom wash over you. Now that the secret's out in the open, let's talk about it." And you know what, it is okay. I first began teaching as a social studies teacher and there were definitely topics that I really found boring and had no passion to teach, like geography. Yuck! I loved teaching the American Revolution, World War I and II, ancient Egypt, and medieval times. However, geography was a tough to be excited about for me. Latitude and longitude - not a lot to be excited about there.
I wish I had this book when I first began teaching! The rest of the chapter is devoted to showing you how to bring another passion (like a personal passion) into the mix to make that topic you are not excited about more alive. I love to read and read and read more. When I retire (which is a looonnnggg way off), I want to volunteer at my local library. How could I have used that passion to make the geography lessons better? By reading aloud picture books and portions of chapter books! Seems like such a simple thing now but didn't occur to me then. All I knew how to do was survive one day to the next by teaching out of the book.
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I can't wait to hear what you are passionate about and how it influences your teaching. How do you bring your personal passions into play in your lessons?