“Infect students with excitement” Ainissa Ramirez quoted in her article on finding and creating a fire in students in order to bring back the lost passion of education. When comparing a child of this century, to a child back in the fifties you will see a much different picture. Students today hear their alarm clock ring and immediately dread climbing out of their warm, cozy beds knowing that they have eight hours of non-stop lectures, assignments, and just getting talked to ahead of them. But that child in the fifties felt the sun touch his eyelids in the morning and immediately hit the floor somehow already dressed for school. He walked a few blocks to class with a skip in his step. School, was exciting, magical, and all students had a passion for it…where did that fire go?
I for one relate greatly to the child wrapped in his blankets dreading going to class. Although I am in college…I still have no passion for school. I don’t want to listen to a 60-minute lecture, but then again who does? But why is it that students don’t want to listen to teachers anymore? Ramirez says that “teachers have a hard time going back to the basics after teaching the same subject for so long.” The issue here is that teachers do not know/remember what it was like to be new to this subject, therefore teaching it as if the students already have a passion and know the topic but this is never the case. Students won’t develop a passion for a subject unless they see others with that same passion, especially the educator. The educator needs to instill this passion into the minds of students so that the student can understand the purpose of their learning.
In an article by Saga Briggs, she discusses 25 ways to institute passion in the classroom. Her first point is to infect students with your passion. If the educator proves their passion for the topic, the students are more likely to generate the same passion. Passion is contagious…if you show that you care about the students learning, take time, to develop their passions, and nurture their education. Students should come to your class excited to see what is next. I have only had one class that I did not dread attending, and that was Intro To Teaching. Because I have a passion for teaching, this class intrigued me very much. But it was not just the topic that enthralled me, it was the professor. She loved her class and loved teaching. She could joke around with us to gain our attention, spark serious and collaborative conversation, and lit that burning fire in all of our hearts. If more teachers could engage their students in this, passion would be and inevitable part of education!