How do you infect students with a passion for learning?
I have had a few personal challenges recently that have highlighted a mantra I try to live by:
You can’t change anyone else’s behaviour, only your own
With that in mind, my response to this week’s prompt is to assess my own behaviour as a teacher and coach.
If I want my students and fellow teachers to have a passion for learning, do I have one myself?
Do I reflect that passion in my actions as well as my words?
I think that teachers who infect others with a passion for learning usually:
- love learning themselves and are not afraid to show it
- take risks – try out new ideas and see failure as a step in the learning process
- actively and outwardly acknowledge the steps they take to learn
- ask questions and listen to the answers provided which provide key guides for future actions
- share their learning – not only at the end of a process but throughout to show progression, hurdles, achievements
- find opportunities to connect to their learners on a personal basis. This connects closely to creating relationships, the topic of a previous challenge. Understanding their students is vital.
This post is a response to the #YourEduStory Blogging Challenge by @msventurino. I am working on the theory that if I do the current challenge you may not notice the missing ones from the weeks before 😉