Meme: Passion Quilt

I was recently tagged by Middle School Instructional Technologist Patrick Woessner to participate in the Meme Passion Quilt—which is quite cool in and of itself because Patrick and I only know each other via Twitter!   While I’m not sure that I can possibly top his fantastic image, I figured I’d give this a go anyway:

I honestly can’t think of anything more enjoyable than the times I spend thinking with peers—whether they be those I know only online or those I spend my days with.

I think that’s why this image resonates so much with me.  Two friends engaged in thoughtful conversation is nothing short of learning in its simplest form. No digital tools.  No textbooks.  No standardized exams or chosen curriculum.  No grades.  No required assignments.  And most importantly, no teacher!

If I can convince my students that wrestling together with ideas is the purest form of mental growth—and the source of all inspiration—then I will have been successful.

I hereby tag the following for the Passion Quilt Meme:

Nancy Flanagan

Marsha Ratzel

John Holland

Adam Garry

Mike Hasley

Passion Quilt Meme Rules:
1. Think about what you are passionate about teaching your students.
2. 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.
3. Title your blog post “Meme: Passion Quilt” and link back to this blog entry.
4. Include links to 5 folks in your professional learning network or whom you follow on Twitter/Pownce.

**Photo courtesy of Haniamir on Flickr (Creative Commons, non-commerical)