As we fell into our last week of CEP812, we were asked to reflect on the ideas that Thomas L. Friedman (2013) has about how life, the workplace, and our sense of intelligence have grown to change over time. It’s all about “individual initiative”, as he puts it – individuals going above and beyond in order to stand out (Friedman, 2013). As educators, it is our job to prepare our students for college, and also for their careers to follow. Though we don’t know where their education will take them, we do know that we have the responsibility of preparing them to the best of our ability. This involves a shift in thinking. A quote from Friedman that really stuck with me was when he said that, “The winners won’t just be those with more I.Q. It will also be those with more P.Q. (passion quotient) and C.Q. (curiosity quotient)” (Friedman, 2013). We need to help our students to not only follow their passions and curiosities, but to understand that it is okay to go off the path of their peers, and that it is okay to do something they love. Our students need to see the power in choice, and in following their passions and curiosities, wherever they may take them.
I was asked to reflect on how I bring passion and curiosity to my work as an educator, and how I use technology to instill passion and curiosity in my students. To be honest, I truly feel that I bring passion and curiosity to my work as an educator through how I interact with my students, and in the ways that I set up each part of our day together. My passion and curiosity as an educator come alive through my students and the things they do each day. Every action I take and every choice I make is a deliberate one, to help my students see the power in being passionate and curious everyday in our classroom. I created a Prezi to show just that. It will take you through a typical day in my classroom, and help you to see how within each subject, I pass the PQ and CQ on to my students. Comments and questions are always appreciated. Enjoy!
Friedman, Thomas L. (2013, January 29). It’s the P.Q. and C.Q. as Much as I.Q. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/30/opinion/friedman-its-pq-and-cq-as-much-as-iq.html.