September 26 - October 2 Chapter 2 of Professional Capital: Competing Views of Teaching

September 26 - October 2 Chapter 2 of Professional Capital: Competing Views of Teaching

August 31, 2012 at 12:19 PM

September 26 - October 2 Chapter 2, Competing Views of Teaching

Review Chapter 2 - Connect your learning from it with the questions below and share your thinking as you challenge us.

* What role should passion for teaching play in students' learning?
* Which view of teaching - the business capital or the professional capital - is prevalent in our school(s)/organization(s)? What evidence do you have? What are some actions that if eliminated/supported could strengthen the vision in which you believe?
* What is missing if we are to move from individual-teacher quality to a team-social capital quality for our students' success?
* What does it mean to you to "teach like a pro"?

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Chapter 2 - Role of Passion

October 2, 2012 at 6:04 AM
Passion is important in all our lives - whether we are the student, the teacher, the parent, a leader. Without passion, we struggle with commitment and often do things for compliance.

British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli shared that "people achieve greatness when they act from their hearts and their passion." Kids experience that same greatness when their learning is not just through their heads but also their hearts and passion. When their emotions are involved in their learning, they achieve more, they retain more, and their conceptual understanding increases.

I believe the same is true for teaching. When we "teach like a pro," we strive to know the passion of our students, and connect our teaching with that spark. We build relationships with our students. We continue to develop our "teaching knowledge and skills" so that they are "the best" for each of our students. Head + heart (Smart Heart) are the musts in building professional capital in our work.

Passion - the source of our finest moments.


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