Today, the final post about our computer club was published at Powerful Learning Practice’s blog. I attempt to culminate our learning experience by sharing our students’ and my co-teacher’s reflections regarding this after school enrichment offering.
Here are the links to all eight passion-based learning posts, in chronological order:
Within each post, I referenced a resource that provided the foundation for our learning together. Here is a list of the titles that were influential in our explorations of passion-based learning:
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (Riverhead, 2011) by Daniel Pink
“The Science of Passion-Based Learning” (Powerful Learning Practice, 2013) by Peter Skillen
Out of Our Minds (Capstone, 2011) by Sir Ken Robinson
Teaching in High Gear (Powerful Learning Practice, 2013) by Marsha Ratzel
Mindset (Ballantine, 2006) by Dr. Carol Dweck
Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom (Constructing Modern Knowledge Press, 2013) by Sylvia Libow Martinez & Gary Stager
Digital Student Portfolios: A Whole School Approach to Connected Learning and Continuous Assessment (Powerful Learning Practice, 2014) by Matt Renwick
I list these resources, humbly including my own, as a good place to start building background knowledge on how a teacher or school can tap into students’ passions. Finding learners’ entry points can create the necessary pathways to key curriculum targets and understanding. Engagement often starts with what sparks a person’s interest. Once we have them interested, asking learners to take on bigger challenges is a much easier and rewarding endeavor.