Passion is associated with learning something new, caring, and action. Passion, which is fundamental to commitment, is at the heart of effective teaching or Learning. As Day puts it: “Passion is not an option. It is essential to high quality teaching” (2004, p.3). Knowledge of subject area, skills, competencies are factors that help effective teaching but one of the primary factors in good teaching is passion teachers have (Day, 2007).

The Power of Passion

There are two ways to get a child passionate about something:-

  • Find out what each child is innately passionate about.
  • Be an instructor that exudes passion for the topic, and infect your students with that excitement.

Fredrick’s et al (1999) offers some concepts to understand passion better:

a) Interest (enjoyment of a task)

b) Attainment value (the extent to which doing the activity fulfills core aspects of one’s identity)

c) Flow (being totally involved in the activity)

d) Mastery orientation (a focus on learning and mastery)

As Day puts it: “Passion is not a luxury, a frill, or a quality possessed by just a few teachers. It is essential to all good teaching (2004, p. 11). Passion drives teachers to action because of its motivational properties ((Vallerand, 2007); therefore, a passionate teacher can play a crucial role in motivating students, and creating a positive learning environment.

A passionate teacher has emotional and motivational qualities; moreover, through these qualities he/she can drive the students towards personal and professional goals with ease. A passionate teacher has a “sense that one has something to contribute, that one can make a difference, and that one can shape the world and not just be shaped by it” (Hansen, 1995, p. 90). Passion has a motivating factor that arises from the power of emotion.

A Passionate teacher is full of energy and is strong against problems.Someone truly enamored of a field of knowledge, or deeply stirred by issues and ideas that challenge our world, or drawn to the crises and creativity of the young people who come into class each day-or all of these. To be a passionate teacher is to stop being isolated within a classroom, to refuse to submit to a culture of apathy or cynicism, to look beyond getting through the day (Fried, 1998, P.53).

Passion in teaching matters as it motivates for a good learning and teaching. Passion is a great factor that can enrich teachers’ teaching. Passion can create a love for teaching and learning. A passionate teacher can inspire students and get students interested in what they are learning. A passionate teacher can create a caring learning environment. Passion is a motivational force that may improve teaching quality.


Curiosity, Passion, and Making a Difference

Here are five current practices to promote student curiosity, student interests, and play.

1. Unleash Student Involvement: -Turn Any Project into a Passion Project

2. Make Time to Create: -Schedule Genius Hour, 20 Percent Time

3. Supply Creation and Innovation: -Create a Makerspace or FabLab

4. Spark Technology Innovation: -Create an Online Student Makerspace

5. Know Your Students: -Empower Student Interests and Dreams