My Passion Quilt

I don’t normally do too many meme’s. Most of them I feel perfectly happy passing on. But when Lee Kolbert tagged me with this one (called me out is more like it), I felt obligated to participate, in part due to the challenge of it. The 3 simple rules are:

  • Post a picture from a source like FlickrCC or Flickr Creative Commons or make/take your own that captures what YOU are most passionate about for kids to learn about…and give your picture a short title.
  • Title your blog post “Meme: Passion Quilt” and link back to this blog entry.
  • Include links to 5 folks in your professional learning network or whom you follow on Twitter/Pownce.

Yeah, like it’s an easy task trying to find an image that represents your passion. Something hi-tech, right? Web 2.0-ish? Something with the classroom of the future, right? Or maybe a group of teachers collaborating on some massive challenge?

In the end, I went with this.

Photo credit to shavirhung

Take away our computers, take away our whiteboards, take away our mobile devices, and unplug the power. Take away the books, take away our manipulatives, take away our art materials and take away the desks. What’s left?

Teachers and students. And I dare say every teacher I know would still feel perfectly comfortable stepping up in front of the students and getting right back to the business of learning. Regardless of where, when and who, we teach because we are passionate about preparing future generations to be as successful as they possibly can. And we’ll do it with or with technology.

SO, there’s my image. What’s yours?

I do hereby tag: Joyce Valenza, John Pederson, Doug Johnson, David Jakes and…

Well, for my last ‘tag’ I tag all STAR Discovery Educators who are just getting started on the DEN blogs. If you’ve never posted before, you have a reason to do so now! If you’d like to see what STARs are writing about, visit our STAR Directory. Most recently updated blogs are at the top.


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  1. sally walter said:

    The idea of the “passion quilt” is a challenge but one where we can really show our creativity. I am one of those Stars who has not created my first blog yet on this new website. This weekend I searched and searched to see how to get to the blogs of STARS. I found it difficult to find. When you click on BLOGS from the Home of the Discovery Educator Network, see article on Den Blog Network and the word HOME next to it goes back to the DEN Homepage instead of the Den Blog Network. The only way to get to it is to select National under list of blog states and then you have to click on Directory of Stars. It would be easier to understand if you had Directory of DEN STAR Blogs. If the Den Blog Network is to be a major webpage then it also needs a permanent link on the left/right navigation and not just inserted in an article. I may be off base but have been used to dealing with links such as this as editor of my school website. I do appreciate all the work that has gone into the DEN site. I know that it will very useful to all of us.

  2. Elaine Plybon said:

    I agree with you completely, Mike – we are all very excited about technology, but when it comes down to it, technology isn’t a limiting factor in the process we call learning. There were days when I was most comfortable telling the kids “Okay, we’re not using our computers today” – we need to do that once in awhile to help build stronger relationships with our students.

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