Turn your classroom into a thriving community of learners! In The Passion-Driven Classroom, bestselling authors Angela Maiers and Amy Sandvold show you how to spark and sustain your students’ energy, excitement, and love of learning. This updated edition offers a new framework for changing your mindset and implementing a passion-driven classroom, where passion meets practice every day as students learn new skills and explore their talents. You’ll come away with specific examples of how to set up your classroom, how to manage it, and how to assign passion projects where students take the lead. With this book, you’ll be able to move away from prescription-driven learning toward Passion-Driven Learning, so you can make a real difference in the lives of your students.
"Amy Sandvold and Angela Maiers provide an essential lesson: passion is not a subject to be taught or a behavior to be instilled into children, but a way of life for teachers and students alike. While education policies and fads come and go, the fire-in-the-belly passion that the authors describe will sustain students and teachers in their learning journeys extending far beyond the schoolroom walls. Too many advocates of student creativity reduce teaching techniques to the simplistic and unhelpful prescription too "think outside the box," while Sandvold and Maiers remind us that rigor and accountability are the hallmarks of the passionate and creative student and teacher. Filled with real-world examples and practical advice, this book deserves to be the subject of collaborative by teachers in every discipline."
Douglas Reeves, PhD, Author of The Myth of the Muse: Supporting Virtues That Inspire Creativity and Founder, Creative Leadership Solutions
"There is no question today that what students need is educators who create environments where innovation in learning and passion found are cornerstones. Angela and Amy have written a text that shows all educators and leaders what helping students find that passion means and how they can help students harness it to do amazing things for themselves, their learning and their world. Not only do Angela and Amy provide thoughtful examples; they provide guidance so that every student in every classroom can benefit from this passion-driven learning."
Steven W. Anderson, Digital Learning and Relationship Evangelist, @web20classroom
"Recent data on student engagement has shown that the longer students are in our K-12 system of education, the less engaged they become. Maiers and Sandvold share a roadmap and the mindset needed to disrupt this trend by addressing the "passion gap" head on, so that learners are empowered to unleash their untapped potential, and gain the skills, motivation, and direction needed for future success. Schools must liberate today’s modern learners, and implementing a passion-driven classroom will make the once unthinkable possible. Read this book to awaken a new reality in your school or classroom."
Thomas C. Murray, Director of Innovation, Future Ready Schools, Co-Author of Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today
About the Authors
1 Achievement Gap Or Passion Gap?
Listening To Our Students
Minding the Passion Gap
Closing the Gap
2 Let’s Talk About Passion
Passion-Driven Learning Is More Than a Project
What Passion Can Do
3 The Clubhouse Mindset: Where Passion Meets Practice
Our Very First Passion-Driven Learning Club
The Philosophy: Clubs Are Passion Playing Fields
What Makes Club Life Enticing?
The Passion Discovery Continuum
The Workshop Classroom: Driven by Curiosity
The Role of the Teacher: Expert Learner and Passion Practitioner
The Role of the Student: Apprentice Learner and Global Citizen
The Resident Expert Wall
More Than Fluff
4 A Passion-Driven Classroom: The Essentials
Essential #1: The Learning Clubs instead of Classroom Jobs
Essential #2: You Matter Time
Essential #3: Reflection
Essential #4: The Task Board
Essential #5: Good-Fit Tools And Technology
Essential #6: Celebration
5 Organizing the Passion-Driven Classroom
The Physical Environment
The Clubhouse Classroom Routine Sequence
Passion From Day One: Simple Changes = Big Impacts
6 Managing the Clubhouse Classroom
The Three Phases In Action
Phase One: Launching the Learning—Passion Discovery
Phase Two: Practicing Our Passion—Learning Is Thinking
Phase Three: Sharing Our Gifts—The Passion Project
7 From the Trenches: The Voices of Passion
Passion Still Matters
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8 Closing Thoughts
The Promise of Passion
Closing Thoughts: Choosing Passion in Times of Change