How To Teach Passion
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This week, we are going to talk about something that is always in demand at educational facilities – teaching passion. Teachers who teach with passion inspire their students to learn not only courses, but also lessons outside of school through repeated exposure.
Many teachers have a favorite field they are passionate about. They may spend class time talking about it, educating others on it, or even developing courses around it. This creates an environment where student learning can be influenced by what area of study they choose to focus on.
Some students find education boring because they do not feel engaged by anything being taught. If you’re one of these educators, try finding ways to get more invested in your job!
It can be difficult sometimes when you work long hours as a teacher and still need to prepare for classes the next day. You can start looking into how to become more passionate about your profession by exploring different areas of it.
There are many ways to gain knowledge about your chosen field, from listening to podcasts to reading books and journal articles. No matter which method you pick, just make sure to apply what you learn to yourself and possibly someone else.
That is what professional passion comes down to – if you are able to connect all of what you learn with yourself, then people will believe you when you say you love this career.
Find your passion and those who feel the same
Finding your passion is not about finding something that makes you happy for a few minutes every now and then, it’s being engaged with everyday!
It's having such a strong internal feeling of motivation towards something that you'll wake up each day and give your all to it. You'll put in effort into it, you'll keep going back over and over again, and you'll enjoy what you're doing because you'll be investing yourself fully in it.
If you want to teach, then you should absolutely love teaching. You should get passionate about educating others and helping them learn new things.
You can't fake this passion or intensity. If you don't have it already, you will need to develop it — but you can still do so.
There are many ways to find your passion and those around you who share it. This article will talk about some strategies.
Make it your life
Let passion be your north star when teaching anyone anything. Your students will feel motivated to learn as they watch you enjoy what you are learning. They will also want to join you in your passions, since you’ll be showing them how to relate education to everything else in your life.
Teaching is a lot of fun if you know your field well and love what you teach. But it can become even more motivating for others when you connect education with other areas of their lives – like career paths or self-knowledge.
If you’re not sure whether you have a passion, try doing something you’ve always wanted to do. Then see whether people respond to that interest.
It may be painting, playing an instrument, taking cooking classes, talking about politics, or whatever strikes your fancy.
Caroline O'Connor writes on The Huffington Post about why being passionate about music is so important for young musicians. She says, "Music touches us at our most fundamental level -- it moves us.
Do not hold back
As mentioned earlier, passion is something you feel for things internally. It is not just feeling good while you are engaged in a activity, it is how much you enjoy what you are doing!
When you lack passion, there can be many reasons. You may have run out of inspiration or motivation to do an activity, making it difficult to keep up with it.
You may also need more time to focus fully on a particular activity, which makes it hard to add new ones into your routine. This could be due to work commitments or health issues, so staying within budget isn’t a strong motivator either.
A lot of people struggle to find their passion and it can sometimes seem like an impossible feat. However, no one is truly passionate about everything, so why try?
If you want to learn a new skill or take an area that you are already interested in seriously, don’s hold back. Try investing some time into exploring different options, but if you feel that you’ve hit a wall, give up and look at ways to improve your current skills.
Don’t force yourself to do things that you don’t want to – this will only hurt you and your desire to pursue other activities. Rather than trying to push through, consider whether these changes are really needed and if now is the right time.
Surround yourself with those who inspire you
Let’s look at some examples.
I work for an organization that sponsors an annual conference. This past year, we had over 1,000 people attend. Some came as attendees, others volunteered or were paid to help run things, but everyone in our department works together to make this event happen every year.
We have a team of about 10-15 individuals who work together to plan and execute the conference. As these professionals, they bring different strengths to the table and it is easy to see how passion can grow among them.
When they come into the workplace each day, they show their enthusiasm for what they are doing through smiles and laughter, eye contact, and active listening. They listen to one another and ask questions to get more information.
These behaviors create an environment where employees feel motivated and inspired. Because of this, they may be willing to put in extra effort to achieve your goals.
If someone in your office or area of responsibility does not seem very enthusiastic about his/her job, try to understand why. Is there something happening outside of work that is getting in the way? Or could it be because he/she was promoted and asked to do new things that they did not find interesting?
Take time off to focus only on improving your own attitude, but also take time to talk to other people around you to determine if there is anything going on beyond their control.
Try new things
Let’s look at another way to teach passion. Who doesn’t want to be passionate about something? We all like feeling excited or stimulated, but there is a limit to how many times we can feel motivated before it becomes annoying.
The trick is to add some depth to your passion. Add more components to what you are already passionate about!
Try surfing for an hour. You will not only enjoy yourself, but you will learn something new.
You have probably heard of people who learned how to surf after buying a board and practicing with their legs. That is totally fine if that is how you prefer to do it!
But why not try riding a board first? Surfing has lots of different styles and levels. There are professional surfers who start out learning how to ride a board in the water before moving onto waves.
By adding “component[s]” to your initial love of swimming, you grow your passion. It is very similar to teaching someone to play the piano by just having them practice playing every day without any variation.
It may sound crazy, but this is how most professionals begin. They hone their skills in one area and then move on to the next.
Get rid of things that no longer inspire
Let go of your old hobbies and passions if you feel like they're taking too much time, money, or energy away from you.
Maybe you've been skiing for the past year, so this winter you can't afford to buy new skis and snowboards. Or maybe you've been reading business books for the past month, so now you have to stop because you ran out of shelf space!
You may also want to consider quitting (or at least reducing) your current job to pursue your dreams more fully. If possible, it's worth looking into opportunities elsewhere through career changes or relocations.
If you're passionate about music, then buying a new smartphone doesn’t make sense anymore. You know how technology is, though — companies keep coming up with newer models every few months.
But what about investing in some headphones? Or getting one of those voice-activated digital assistants? Both of these cost less than $100, which isn’t a lot for something that will help you focus on what matters most when you're listening to music.
Go to new places
There’s a reason that people get motivated by experiences. It's because we're creatures of habit, so when you add some variety into our lives, we have to work extra hard to maintain that momentum.
That's why it's important to teach passion through action. If you want to learn how to dance, you can't just watch YouTube videos for your lesson every day. You'll probably give up soon because there are too many distractions.
You need to go out and find things you enjoy doing dancing-style. For most people, this means joining a group class or taking private lessons with a professional.
It could be something as simple as going to the park and trying something new like swimming or diving. Or maybe exploring a new city is your best chance at learning how to surf or skateboard.
Whatever it is, don't hesitate. Do it! And do it often. The more you expose yourself to new experiences, the easier it will become to recognize and motivate yourself from such activities.
On the other hand, if you never take risks in life, you'll remain stagnant – very uninteresting.
Become a lifelong learner
One of the biggest reasons why people lose passion for things is because they believe that since they already know what they want to do, they can’t learn new things that might help them achieve their goal.
This thinking pattern comes from our primitive brains which use perception as your reference point. If you think about it, most animals have limited perception around food sources and cover in case of danger.
By this logic, if you are not looking forward to eating every day, then you must not like food very much. But we know that this isn’t the case! Some people don’t enjoy cooking, but they may love baking so they won’t skip their favorite dessert because they learned how to make one.
And we all know someone who learns a new skill really hard, but still enjoys practicing it even after they've mastered it. This could be dancing, painting, drawing, writing or anything else.
So instead of trying to get rid of your current state of mind, work on expanding it. Try learning something new every week or even every month! You never know when an opportunity will come along that will inspire you to pursue your dream.
It's also important to remember that you're always advanced- beginner level at everything.