Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Meme: Passion Quilt

Well, I have been tagged by Isabelle Jones to carry on the Passion Quilt, started by Miguel Guhlin. The task is to find an image that captures what we are passionate about in our field of education; what do we want our students to learn at school?

Let's call the photo above - "Now & Then"

I took the photo above at Kiyomizu temple (Kyoto, Japan) whilst there in December last year with a school group. So, for me, it is not only the picture but also the circumstances of why I was there that contributes to the "passionate" theme. It was tiring work travelling around Japan with the school group, but well worth it. Seeing them respond to the places and the culture they were engaged with was, in their words, pretty cool. Watching them using the Japanese language to do this was even better. Seeing them passionate about Japan was very satisfying.

Now to the picture itself. My main teaching area is Japanese and this photograph encapsulates what drew me into Japan and subsequently the teaching of Japanese; that Japan is a modern nation but at the same time is so ancient / traditional. This is the original reason for choosing this photo. However, the photo represents more than simply Japan & Japanese. It represents my passion for teaching the students not only about language and culture but also about broadening their thinking, expanding their horizons. Despite the world having shrunk, there are still many students who do not see outside of their area, let alone their region or their country. Furthermore, expanding on this from my subject area (& thinking about some of what I've read over the past couple of months), this photo also represents the need to embrace the new directions and opportunities in ICT, whilst remembering that there are pieces of 'the old' culture that we still must learn from and use. My passion in this area continues to develop and grow - thanks to those in my expanding networks out here ...

So, now it is my turn to tag for the extension of the Passion Quilt ...

  1. Jess McCulloch
  2. Anne Baird
  3. Lisa Stevens
  4. Graham Hughes
  5. Tom March
3 simple rules of the Passion Quilt meme are as follows:
  • Post a picture from a source like FlickrCC or Flickr Creative Commons or 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 Miguel Guhlin's original post.
  • Include links to 5 people in your professional learning network or whom you follow on Twitter/Pownce.
This has been a most useful exercise!


IC Jones said...

Hi there!
This is so interesting... I can't imagine running a trip to Japan from England! However, that feeling of satisfaction when students respond to places and people and start opening up is so real, whether you go to Japan or France.
Thank you for reminding me of some of the reasons why I am still passionate about languages.

Lisa Stevens said...

Hi Andrew
Feel honoured to be tagged by you (and four others!)
Finally got around to doing my post - http://tinyurl.com/4rqtbv
Lisa xx

Mr. Stout said...

Hi Andrew,
I think this is a great idea. I'd be delighted if I were invited to participate. I've made an image that I think says something about what I'm passionate about and what I'd like my students to learn. I just uploaded it to my flickr photstream. Please let me know what you think.