Archive for October, 2011

Passion-driven Blogging … it begins!

passion  (ˈpæʃən) [Click for IPA pronunciation guide]
n
1. ardent love or affection
2. intense sexual love
3. a strong affection or enthusiasm for an object, concept, etc: a passion for poetry
4. any strongly felt emotion, such as love, hate, envy, etc
5. a state or outburst of extreme anger: he flew into a passion
6. the object of an intense desire, ardent affection, or enthusiasm
7. an outburst expressing intense emotion: he burst into a passion of sobs
8. philosophy
a. any state of the mind in which it is affected by something external, such as perception, desire, etc, as contrasted with action
b. feelings, desires or emotions, as contrasted with reason

PASSION

This is what we are focusing on over the nexts few weeks.  So what is your passion? Don’t know? How can you work it out? I kinda think that your passion is the thing you would always prefer to be doing. Think about the times your in the classroom doing a test, or you’re food shopping with your mum … your mind starts wandering and you’re thinking about what you’d prefer

Some people who inspire me to think passionately:

FUGAZI

TOOL

NICK CAVE

As you can see, I am inspired by passionate musicians. I find that musicians can bring together their music and lyrics to craft powerful works of art that force me to confront new ways of thinking about the world.

Of course, as you know because you googled me, my name isn’t associated with music. It is associated with education. This is because I feel that the way in which I can make a change in the world is through my passion for reconsidering education and its role in the 21st century. I find that I often have strong opinions about teaching and learning and the impact that formal education has on a young person and their future … and the future of our world (sorry for the hyperbole – but I really do think young people should be thought of as central to the future … corny, huh?).

OK – so today you have a bunch of tasks to do. Here’s the first blogging challenges:

1. Decide on a name for your blog.

2. Register your blog.

3. Decide on a theme – what colour will it be?

4. Write your ‘about’ page – include only the personal information that you feel comfortable sharing with people. It isn’t necessary to say where you live – of course you can say you’re Australian. Simply state your interests, why you’ve written this blog (not because it’s a class project!) and what you aim to focus on in your blog.

5. Write your first 250 word blog post. This one should give an insight into what you’re passionate about. You should also tell us someone who you admire for being passionate. This might be a person you know, a celebrity, a teacher (haha), a politician or musician. Include a picture (make sure it’s copyright licensed to reuse) or a youtube video that shows this person at their most passionate.

Have fun!!

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