Part I - Chapter 1: Passion
Dave Burgess presents three questions in this chapter for us to answer.
Q1: Within your subject matter, what are you passionate about teaching?
I am no longer in the classroom, but I spent approx 9 years teaching middle school science and technology. I actually took the science teaching position because it was the first opening after I got my teaching certificate. I'm grateful because science was very fun to teach. But I wouldn't consider what I did "teaching," rather it was more like "lead learner" because I did not have a science endorsement. Looking back, I remember getting comments from other teachers that it was a detriment to not be "highly qualified" in the topic I was teaching but I found that it was more about the relationships and rapport and making science real and fun. I found that teaching science allowed me to model "lifelong learning" so that is what I was most passionate about for those years, within the subject matter.
For the latter classroom years, I was passionate about every aspect of technology, but most passionate about robotics (Lego Mindstorms) and programming (Logo). I loved learning alongside my students and it was energizing to see their excitement and engagement when they came into the classroom! I had to force them to leave at the end of the period!
Q2: Within your profession, but not specific to your subject matter, what are you passionate about?
Because I taught middle school science and also technology, it was fun to learn with my students. Modeling lifelong learning was definitely something I was passionate about. I was also passionate about students' respecting and valuing one another and having fun in my classroom. I often found that students who struggled with behavior in other classes, did quite well in my room.
Q3: Completely outside of your profession, what are you passionate about?
I have golfed most of my life and then coached golf for 19 years. I still love golf but have moved on to other hobbies that I'm passionate about. I love technology. I love to run and ride my road bike. I also love music as I played trumpet in high school. My favorite was jazz band. I now play the drums and am learning the guitar. Music is something I really enjoy and use daily. I'm also passionate about being with my family.