I’ve forgotten who tagged me for this (if it was you, remind me, please), but I do know that I was tagged and so here we are:
Post a picture or take/create your own image that captures what you are most passionate for kids to learn
Give your picture a short title
Title the post “Meme: Passion Quilt”
Link back to this blog entry
Include links to five people in your professional community
I’ve been thinking about what image would adequately represent what I’m most passionate that my children – both biological and academic – learn, and I’ve discovered that it has very little to do with my area of academic concentration.
I’m titling this “We are Strongest When We are Together”
My concentration is English. I teach students to write and think and discuss and question and criticize and connect. In the end, though, it’s of little importance to me whether or not they can recite a sonnet or correctly cite a research source in the MLA format. These things do matter to a certain extent, but they’re not what I really want my kids to learn from me.
What’s important to me is that the experience that students have in my classroom – and in my presence – helps them to understand that we’re all responsible for, and to, each other.
I want to teach my students – and my children – to use their words to connect to other people, and to understand others through reading and film and drama and speeches.
I want them to seek out others’ opinions and perspectives, and to use those insights to make their own understanding of their world better and more complete.
I want my students to see that, underneath all the politics and religion and skin tones, we all share common hopes and dreams and desires. I want them to believe that a diversity of voices makes the world richer and more meaningful, and to see difference as something to celebrate rather than something to fear or hate.
I want to raise curious, compassionate, considerate people, in my classroom, in my yoga classes, and in my home.
I dislike tagging – you should know that about me by now – so I’m opening the offer to any of my teacher friends who’ve not yet been called upon to work through this exercise (O’Mama? NakedMessenger? Wayfarer? SaintSeester? Xena, if you want to do it, I’ll post your musings here).