Saturday, December 26, 2009

Tip 35 -- Have Passion for AP Economics

Summary: Passion.

"Good teaching is as much about passion as it is about reason. It's about not only motivating students to learn, but teaching them how to learn, and doing so in a manner that is relevant, meaningful, and memorable. It's about caring for your craft, having a passion for it, and conveying that passion to everyone, most importantly to your students." This quote is from Richard Leblanc, York University, Ontario. The site is here.

When you show passion for your subject you send a double message. One message you send is that your content is important. The second message is that the content matters. When students can see that you believe in what you are teaching, they will take your class seriously. Your passion will show in how you continually prepare for class. Your passion will show in the books you read and how you talk.

I am convinced that when a teacher has passion, his students will to.

About the Author: Mike Fladlien is an AP Economics teacher from Muscatine High School in Muscatine, IA. He is an author, and also publishes the Mikeroeconomics and iMacroeconomics VB blogs.


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