Passion Learning

Why do we teach Passion Learning?

RATIONALE:

            Helping children to discover their passion is one of the greatest joys we can give them. Children need to discover what their interests and hobbies are so that they can extend their learning. Learning will take on a new meaning as they see the relevance of the challenges that are placed upon them.

                       

            Each child has within them, an inner desire and passion.  They are passionate about something. It is our role as teachers to discover this hidden passion and allow it to flourish. Learners who are able to discover their passion will discover that learning really is fun. As learners are encouraged to follow their passion they will build the skills that they need to become life-long learners.

            As learners work through the steps and processes of developing their own learning plans, they will learn valuable skills that will set them on the path to becoming independent learners; independent learners who are able to mange their own learning projects and self assessing their progress; independent learners who have discovered their learning potential and who are keenly engaged in the School.

  

KNOWLEDGE/CONCEPTS:

  • Allow for positive learning experiences,
  • Restore creativity in learning,
  • Encourage deeper learning,
  • Build a positive love of learning,
  • Recognition of own individual needs and strengths.
     

     

SKILLS:

  • Develop critical questioning skills,
  • Develop problem solving and decision making skills,
  • Discovering learner’s preferred learning style or Multiple  Intelligence,
  • Creativity will be developed in all learning experiences,
  • Learners need to be encouraged to develop self questioning skills.
VALUES & ATTITUDES:

  • All learners possess different learning styles and personalities,  
  • Every child should be allowed to experience success,
  • Active involvement in the learning process,
  • Encouragement to take control of own learning.


The philosophical elements of passion learning are:

· All learners possess different learning styles and personalities,  

· Every child should be allowed to experience success,

· Learning through the learner’s preferred learning style or Multiple  Intelligence greatly enhances the learning experience,

· Learners should become actively involved in the learning process,

· The learning experience should cater for the individual needs of the learner,

· Every learner should be valued and allowed to take control of their own learning,

· Creativity should be developed in all learning experiences,

· Learners need to be encouraged to develop self questioning skills,

· All Learners need to enjoy the opportunity to develop problem solving and decision making skills.

Why do we want autonomous learners?
The “autonomous learners” are eager to take responsibility for their own learning. They are keen to follow their passions and become self motivated.   They  hold  a  positive  self image and feel good about themselves.  Autonomous learners possess a strong sense of belonging and feel secure among their peers.

These learners are able to express themselves with confidence because their ideas are appreciated and they are encouraged to be creative.  

Responsible learners are aware of how they learn and possess an awareness of their strengths and weaknesses. They know how to design their own learning experiences and are able to productively pursue their passions at school.

These learners are self directed and know how to access the resources they need to pursue their goals.

Autonomous learners take responsibility for their own learning and are self motivated.  They enjoy learning and can display their learning in a variety of ways.

The purpose of this site is to reveal the path to autonomous learning. As learners become oriented with themselves and where they fit into the group, their self concepts will be strengthened.  They will gain knowledge of who they are, their strengths and weaknesses and their passions and creativity.

These learners need access to enrichment where they are free to discover their passions and should be encouraged to present their learning in a variety of ways.  This can lead to deeper projects where the learner is able to independently pursue their passions and their interests to great depths, using a variety of resources and community mentors.