I never thought to think about the difference between school and learning. After reading George Couro’s blog post I found there are a lot of differences between the two. It makes me really sad to think that each are in the school system and one is thought of in a negative way while the other is positive. I think it is the responsibility of the teachers, administration and the community to make the word school more positive. It should go hand in hand with learning to enhance what the child is learning every day at school.
While I was in school we never talked about the word “learning.” Everything we did at school was all part of the schedule and anytime we asked why we were learning about something we were told it was the states decision. This was confusing to me and I stopped asking the question and just did what was asked of me. Learning should not be that way at all. Students should understand that learning is important for them as individuals and they learn in order to make their futures positive and successful. I wish I had a school that would tell me that rather than things about the state.
Nigel Coutts wrote an article that talked about passion based learning and he shared a lot of good information. He made it clear that his school was thrown into passion based learning without knowing exactly what to do. It look him years to perfect it in his classroom and that take a lot of time and patience. I think it is important for schools to understand change cannot happen in one day; it takes a lot of time to make change happen. I know that as a future teacher I need to do everything I can in order to make change happen, but that means have patience during the process.
Tina Barseghian went into more detail about how passion can be incorporated into the school systems. She explains that it is not an easy task and it takes time for it to work. Every teacher, administrator and parent should be on board in order for it to work. Students need to also understand why this type of learning will be beneficial to them.
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These are all great reads if you plan to make learning a priority for your students in your classroom. I hope that each school will incorporate passion-based learning and be patient with the program.