i am reading the book, The Element, by Ken Robinson at the moment. it was a suggestion from my husband after he saw Ken's TED talk online and insisted that i watch it. he knows that i love all things about education reform, creativity, and rethinking how we are teaching and loving on students. anyhow, i bought the book. i am reading it and cannot put it down. i am reading two books and loving both, so i have to share the love and keep up with both. i find myself carrying around both and deciding which to read and then taking turns the next time i have a chance to read. ok, back to the point.....
books like these have me thinking and reflecting all the time. i think about my own life, my interests, my desires, things i am passionate about.......and then i ask myself questions such as, "do i love what i do? do i love it so much that nine hours feels like twenty minutes?" last week, i was thinking more along the lines of teaching is not really my "element" as Ken puts it. although today i am thinking it is. it seems that i could change my mind daily for the rest of my life. i am a nerd. i think more than anything i love to see kids learn and LOVE it. i love to read about kids who are passionate about a topic and learn all they can. i love to see learning "click" in their heads. it is an amazing thing to witness and be a part of.
just now, i was catching up on reading blogs in google reader and i come across this post written by Kristen. her son is a third grader and has just learned about money, entrepreneurship and getting out of debt. her writing is real and it makes me laugh. i read her post and i am reminded that i love watching, hearing and learning of kids loving learning. he may not get his multiplication tables done in less than a minute, read independently b/c he loves it, but he does GET the economics system his teacher has going. that is awesome! that is a huge deal! so much more than grades on a report card or standardized testing. i don't know these folks personally, but i know that her son is awesome and if i were his teacher i would be so proud and energized by her son's passion for starting his own business. stories like this make it all worth it--the crazy parents, the days when you just want to go back to bed, behaviors that test patience forever, being judge judy---stories like this one encourage me.
i am passionate about learning. i am passionate about helping kids finding their passion for learning.