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Add some passion to your teaching

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T

eaching any subject is not an easy task. We struggle to meet

deadlines, goals, face numerous discipline problems or

push aside something, that makes a difference when it comes

to teaching- passion.

Sharing your passion with others is always a great idea.

It is much easier to learn and teach when we spread excitement

all over the place

When we feel passionate about something,

it may ignite a similar feeling in our students. Even a difficult

topic can become enjoyable and boost learning process.

Taking into consideration that the curriculum is often pretty

strict, it is rather difficult to devote whole lessons to students’

interests. Still, I strongly believe, that students should be given

a chance to express their passions. Not every lesson we prepare

or course book we use go together with what our pupils are

keen on and it is pretty standard and clear that a variety of

materials has to be covered, but at the same time, I am positive

that each teacher should make some adjustments to make it

more approachable and student friendly. We do not need to

use the same book all over again, there are so many resources

available and we can quite easily jump from one to another

to make our teaching fresh and fun, whenever possible.

There are many activities in which we can learn more about

our pupils and their passions. They can simply talk or write

about them, prepare a presentation or answer some passion-

related answers. It may sound like a lot of work but once we get

to know everybody better, it will be much easier for us

to choose interesting and student- oriented materials.

Sometimes it is a great idea to help our students find others

who share similar passions. If we work with large groups,

students can prepare some projects themselves based

on their interests. This will allow shy individuals to become

more confident as they are not being exposed.

I strongly believe it is very important to implement students’

passions and interests into lessons. It makes them feel that

their needs are being met and passions developed. It is crucial

to understand that each student is different and even though

it is impossible to please everyone, we may still try make

our lessons as passionate as possible.

Patryk Blacha

Editor-in-Chief

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