Unlocking and Empowering Our Students’ Innate Passion for Learning
Purpose-Driven Learning advocates that the primary goal of education is to empower our students’ innate drive to learn, which can be unlocked through the discovery and development of key social-emotional learning skills.
This book offers an intentional framework for exploring strategies of inclusion, SEL, and assessment that goes beyond abstract buzzwords. It features heartfelt stories, intriguing research, and effective action steps to inspire and empower teachers and their students to write authentic stories of social-emotional well-being and passionate, lifelong learning.
PDL is a process that can be explored and utilized in any educational context; teachers, coaches, camp directors, faith leaders, parents, and more will all find value in this resource.
Table of Contents
A Purpose-Driven Introduction 1. Purpose-Driven Learning: Connecting, Exploring, Empowering 2. Intentional Belonging: Unconditional Inclusion and Affirmation 3. The Key of Confidence: The Journey of Becoming 4. The Key of Enthusiasm: Embracing a "Yes, I Can" Attitude 5. The Key of Focus: Looking Within, Raising Awareness Beyond 6. The Key of Initiative: Building Involvement and Increasing Impact 7. The Key of Creativity: Leveling Up with the Gamification Guru 8. The Key of Dependability: Showing Up and Doing Your Part 9. The Key of Curiosity: Exploring the Wonder Within Each Day 10. The Key of Empathy: Compassion, Curiosity, Connection 11. The Key of Resilience: Taking the Path Less Traveled 12. The Key of Effort: Being Better Than Before 13. Empowering Self-Assessment: Exploration and Expression 14. Conclusion: A New Story of Learning
Adam Moreno has explored social-emotional learning as a Drama teacher, theatre director, coach, pastor, and summer camp director. He is currently an educational consultant and has the honor of leading professional development presentations and workshops within a number of educational settings. Find out more at www.mrmoreno.com.
"Educators, administrators, and policymakers… take the hand of this empathic and wise guide and open your hearts and minds to the beautiful landscape Adam has mapped for creating classrooms, schools, and experiences imbued with meaning through Purpose-Driven Learning."
– Benjamin Koch, Purpose & Mindfulness Coach and Co-Founder of NuMinds Enrichment
"Oh, to be a student in Mr. Moreno’s class…but if your middle school days are long gone, and you’re looking to inspire a passion for lifelong learning in your own students, reading this insightful exploration of Purpose-Driven Learning is just the motivation you need!"
– Jennie Quinn, Camp Director at Appel Farm Arts Camp, USA, 2001-2015