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The Hobbies, Interests, and Passions Project

Sparking student engagement by modeling lifelong learning

On any school faculty, one will encounter a diverse range of personal interests While the teachers not only contribute their professional expertise to the goals of the school, they also bring a wealth of supporting knowledge and experience to add relevance to the curriculum.

A few of us bake bread. Some folks play in bands. Others climb mountains. There are a couple of people who tie flies. Some play pinochle. Some have done Shakespeare to appreciative audiences.

We all have lives outside the days we spend in the classroom. Now we'd like to take our interests and share them with others.

Hobbies, interests, and passions are those activities that we pursue for personal enjoyment. These pursuits are not passive. They require active engagement, expansion of one's skill set, a move toward mastery of the subject area, and have a sense of purpose. The activity may or may not produce a tangible artifact. It may simply yield an increase in knowledge or a new skill.

When engaged in the activity, we feel a sense of fulfillment while we learn to set goals, take risks, deal with setbacks, and enjoy success. Our sense of time diminishes as we become focused cognitively, emotionally, and physically.

When we participate in our hobbies, interests, and passions, we do so because we are intrinsically motivated. No one tells us we have to. We may engage with others with similar goals, but we make an autonomous decision about our choice of topic.

Please check back as we develop tools for sharing our hobbies, interests, and passions with others and explore ways to demostrate our enthusiasm to our students.