My motto, even though I never really said it, is “Follow Your Passion”.
Even though our “Passions” unit has just come to an end, I am still eagerly gathering examples for next fall of what it means to follow your passion. In this short video clip, Tony Hawk describes what it means to him to follow his passion. He encourages us to embrace every part of our passion – even the parts we might not have thought were our passion when we began. He cites the example of learning about the cut and sew clothing industry which is integral to his branding and merchandising, and nothing he ever thought he would be found spending his time on but it is something that has really helped him gain a fuller understanding of what he does, how best to do it and how it all works together.
I sent a survey out to our fifth grade parents to get their feedback on our Exhibition unit. The final question asked:
Would you be interested in being part of a parent exhibition group that will start in the Fall? We will be meeting as a group to share our passions, check in and support each other, set goals, keep each other accountable and share in the journey together?
So far, of the six replies, four people are interested in more information about this group. I love that! My goal is to use this group of parents as a mentor group to the fifth graders when they begin their Exhibition in the Spring next year. We will be using Seth Godin’s “Ship It” as our guide OR Zig Ziglar’s Pick Four. I want the parents to try out one or both of these tools to see which one works best for them and so I can offer my students the same degree of choice next year. I also hope that the parents will gain an appreciation for the inquiry process and a better understanding of what their child goes through on a daily basis as a student of an inquiry based curriculum.
I am excited to see parents interested in taking this leap. I am excited to take the leap along with them. Most of all, I am excited that together, we just might make school different.
- What do you do in your school to build parent/teacher/student relationships?
- How do you involve your parents as partners?
- How often do you allow kids to see parents as teachers?
- How often do you as a teacher, learn alongside your kids?
For more information and a download of Ship It in PDF format:
The ShipIt Journal, now in free PDF format
Free to print, free to share. Don’t sell or modify.Here’s the thing: If all you do is read this on the screen, IT WON’T WORK.I use all caps with care here. IT WILL NOT WORK.You need to print it and write in it. Good luck. Go ship. Make something happen.