Igniting the Heart of Learning in the Collaborative Age

Source: PLP network, Jul 2011

Isn’t it heart and soul that we educators hope to ignite in every student? We do that by teaching in ways that spark a creative quest for learning. John Bosco, a 19th century educator, writes: “Remember that education is a matter of the heart.” In other words, education should make the heart thirst for what is truly good. …

So how do educators ignite that spark or hunger for good within their students? St. John Bosco counsels his educators, “Love what the youth loves and they will love what you love.”

In other words, really KNOW who your students are and enter into their world. Don’t become their peer but just give them a chance to talk to you about their life. Allow them to share their enthusiasm with you and (most of all) incorporate their excitement into the way you teach your content and the ways they pursue learning in your classrooms and schools.

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