For my final CEP 812 assignment, I was challenged to make a multimedia expression of my passion and curiosity as an educator, and how I encourage my students to be passionate and curious. I chose to make an iMovie that depicts my curiosity, passion and how I encourage my students to find their own passion. To me, my passion and what I am curious about are one and the same. I am a German teacher and I am also a German learner. I will always be curious to learn more about my passion; German language and culture.
In his article for The New York Times, Thomas Friedman writes about the passion quotient and the curiosity quotient, which according to him are just as or more important than an individual’s intelligence quotient. He writes that for individuals to be successful, not only do they need to be intelligent, but they must be willing to try new ideas, and learn for a lifetime (Friedman, 2013). I express my passion quotient and curiosity quotient as a teacher every day. I eat German food, read novels to improve my German vocabulary, take graduate level courses, and reach out to my professional learning network on twitter. To me, German is not just a subject I teach, and it is not just my job. I will always be a German learner and I will always want to improve. My passion quotient and my curiosity quotient go hand in hand: my curiosity about German language and culture drives my passion, and my passion drives my curiosity.
I share and encourage passion and curiosity in my students by the way I act during school and the assignments I give them. I show them my passion and curiosity for German and encourage them to find passions of their own. I challenge them to plan a dream vacation to inspire their curiosity for new places. I give them choices in homework and summative assessments so they can discover and deepen their own passions. My students make iMovies about their bucket lists. I share authentic cultural experiences with them when we make German Pretzels as a German club and create our own German art museum in class. I aim to give my students many opportunities to discover and share their passion with each other. From this sharing they often discover new curiosities and new passions.
Passion and curiosity are a large part of my life and a large part of how I teach. I love that I have a job where I can express my interests with my students, and encourage them to develop their own passions.
iMovie created by Claudia Molter using iMovie software.
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