What is Your Passion?
Overview: This paper is designed to provide an overview of your writing abilities as well as to ask you to reflect upon something that is very important to you. As described in Chapter 5 of Perrones book, we need to have passion for our teaching, and by reflecting on what it is that we are passionate about, we can determine how to create that passion in our teaching, AND how to create passionate learners in our students.
1. This paper should be long enough to describe your passion in detail (but not longer than 8 typed double-spaced pages.)
2. This paper should be narrative in style, and demonstrate your ability to organize your thoughts clearly and logically, with correct usage and mechanics.
3. This paper should address the following questions (or those suggested in Perrones book), and use examples from your life to illustrate your answers.
a) What is your passion? (hobby, sport, topic of study, activity, etc.)
b) When do you recall first recall getting involved or trying this activity?
c) How much time did you invest in pursuing this passion? Why?
How much time to you currently spend on it?
d) Who are the people who influenced you to pursue your passion?
e) How did these individuals inspire you to continue pursuing your passion?
f) When (and how) did you begin to work in this area on your own, without guidance or direction from others (i.e.: become a self learner/self motivated)
4. This paper should include some reflect ion on how your development of this passion can provide insights into teaching.
Rubric for What is your Passion Paper
Requirement Yes Somewhat No
POINTS: 4 2 0
1. Paper addresses topic adequately and
uses a narrative style (see 6 Trait
2. Paper is well organized and without
mechanical or usage errors (see 6
3. Paper incorporates answers to questions indicated
(or other similar questions)
4. Paper gives specific examples to illustrate narrative
5. Paper includes reflection on the links between your
development of this passion and teaching
Total points possible: 20