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How Passionate Teaching Can Inspire Students

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  • Public Agenda’s study found that 43 percent of college dropouts claimed they had to take too many classes they didn’t consider useful.|Effective learning starts with learner relevance, and every subject can prove valuable once a student sees a connection between the content and their life.|By simply highlighting students’ progress with recognition, rewards and encouragement throughout the semester, instructors add meaning beyond learning the subject matter. |When students start to see the benefits that come from doing well in class, instructors can start to connect in-class achievements with constructive feedback that can be used on campus and in the workplace.
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Understand Where Passion Starts

Without a passion for learning, students can lose focus and interest in completing your course—or worse, their education. A 2009 study by Public Agenda found that 45 percent of recent college dropouts listed boredom as a reason they decided to leave.

The good news: Your excitement can be contagious! Expressing your passion for teaching or the subject you teach , can grab your students’ attention and drive engagement.

“Love what you teach, and they will love it too.”   -Sandra Scheier, Psychology Instructor at Kennesaw State University

Research links passionate teaching directly to a student’s willingness to learn and experience new ideas. But to incorporate passion into your teaching, you must understand where it begins.

Start by reflecting on the moments that led to your career as an educator. What reeled you into the idea of teaching and drew you to your field of study? Ask yourself what you liked or disliked at first, and why you felt that way. Acknowledge important mentors you met along the way, taking time to consider what made their input so impactful. Recollect the moments where things started to come together, and you finally felt you had found your passion. Remember the excitement—because it’s that enthusiasm that can guide your students towards a meaningful career path. Your love for teaching the subject you teach, can reach students through the energy you show in class, and give students the fuel to stay the course.

“Show your passion for what you love to do. The more excited you are, the more excited your students will be.”   -Terry Weideman, Nutrition Instructor at Oakland Community College

Harness the Power of Your Students’ Curiosity

Passion begins when students explore their curiosity, but first, they must determine if the area is worthy of their time. Public Agenda’s study found that 43 percent of college dropouts claimed they had to take too many classes they didn’t consider useful. Although common, this assumption doesn’t have to seal your course’s fate. Any subject can prove useful —but getting your students to connect with the content starts with how you present the information. When challenged with students who don’t have a primary interest in your discipline, remember that every student can benefit from passion-based learning —and there are ways to link your course to their interests and skills.

Effective learning starts with learner relevance , and every subject can prove valuable once a student sees a connection between the content and their life. A musician can become a better songwriter from an English course. An athlete can perform better on the field after learning how to take care of their body in a Nutrition class. A Criminal Justice major can learn about human behavior from a Psychology professor—applying this knowledge when working on a case. Anyone can apply Accounting knowledge to spending money in the real world.

Linking concepts to local cases, current issues, news and events—especially those that impact your students—is another way to make your course more relatable and learner-centric. Constantly updating your material is key to keeping concepts fresh for students and applicable to their every-day lives.

“Show the relevance of the subject matter and make it fun and meaningful! My excitement for what I teach is obvious, and my students can see it and feel it. I believe in what I teach.”   -Sandy Keeter, Computing Professor at Seminole State College

When curiosity turns into interest, students become invested in what they’re learning and pay closer attention—processing information more effectively while developing learning strategies that make course concepts stick. Interest keeps students focused, working harder and longer and enables them to stack new knowledge upon old knowledge. The best way for a student to discover areas of strength is to delve into physical, intellectual and creative activities outside their comfort zone. The more they try, the more opportunities they’ll have to discover their passion.

You can also take it outside of the classroom, pairing students with help centers, colleagues and any other resources that align with their interests. If they’re having trouble identifying interest areas, guide them towards the multitude of personality tests and career quizzes available online.

Lead with Real-Life Examples

Authentic experiences are meant to be shared and learned from—because they make a lasting impression on students while sparking self-reflection. A study of 257 professional musicians found the most important characteristics of their first teachers were the ability to communicate well—to be friendly, chatty and encouraging—and the capacity to pass on their love of music through modeling and playing well.

Think of a moment in your career that you’ll never forget, then consider what made it so meaningful. Not every student will share your passion, but by sharing honest anecdotes from your own life, you’ll inspire conversation and query. Real experience includes success and failure, so sharing triumphs and mistakes offers lessons students can apply long after graduation.

“I’m genuinely in love with my profession: being a social worker is not just a job but a commitment to making the world a better place, and that’s at the core of who I am. I share that with my students. I give them the good and the bad: I don’t sugarcoat what I’ve experienced in this field, and students respond positively to this authenticity. I ask my students to dig deep as to why they chose this field, and what inspires them. The work we do in the classroom will give structure and understanding to what happens in the field, and I am constantly drawing parallels between the two.”   – Renee Rawcliffe, Social Work Instructor at Simmons College

Add Significance to Success

You’re challenged with helping every student—including difficult or uninterested students—because all students have something to offer, and something to gain from your course. To reach everyone—majors and non-majors, students required to take your course and those who’ve enrolled just for fun—focus on the positive outcomes that can be achieved from success in your class.

By simply highlighting students’ progress with recognition, rewards and encouragement throughout the semester, instructors add meaning beyond learning the subject matter. Use students’ breakthroughs, high scores on homework and exams, leadership skills displayed in class or group projects, extra credit work or in-class competitions to call-out your students’ wins to make learning the curriculum a positive experience. Honoring students’ achievements will get them excited to come to class and eager to participate. The more students partake in class—the more they’ll learn about course concepts—building and improving upon their critical thinking skills.

When students start to see the benefits that come from doing well in class, instructors can start to connect in-class achievements with constructive feedback that can be used on campus and in the workplace.

“I try to share multiple ways that the course content can be applied in a career setting. I also share examples of how I used the course content in my career before teaching and how I use the content now in a teaching role. I tell students to add this content to your toolbox because you never know when you might need it.”   – Donna Sue Shellman, Medical Office Administration Instructor at Gaston College

Encourage today’s learners by sharing what has inspired you throughout your profession. Showcasing your passion through teaching will connect students to the course material, stimulate their engagement and drive their achievements in class—and eventually a career.

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The role of passion in education: A systematic review

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How do researchers define passion? What are the outcomes of passion? What variables ignite passion? To answer these questions, we performed a systematic review of studies within the context of education. After conducting a search in major electronic databases, we presented the primary findings of 13 articles from 2004 to 2013. This review indicates that the most shared features of passion's conceptualization are dedication, persistence, identification with and love for the activity. Passion research in education revealed a diversity of consequences, such as engagement, creativity, the subject's election or mastery goals, and a diversity of promoters, such as positive relationships, supportive context or an innovative cognitive style. An understanding of passion is important in fostering students' adjustment and knowledge. We conclude this review with some theoretical and meth-odological suggestions for future research.

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Is passion important in the educational context? What are the benefits of passion? Is it possible to foster students' passion? What are the teachers' characteristics or behaviors that foster students' passion? The aim of this study was to answer this questions by a literature review, as well as to present a global and current picture about the role of passion in Education. Although research on passion is really recent and, therefore, still scarce, the literature reviewed showed a great variety of passion's outcomes, which highlights the importance it has in the educational context. We also tried to summarize the teachers' characteristics studied up to now that can foster the students' passion. We concluded by presenting the potential implications of the articles reviewed within education, and presenting the main conclusions of the review.

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“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” -Confucius

One thing I have come to understand with great clarity during my crash-course in the K-12 landscape is: if a student truly cares about her education (as in, genuinely desires to improve, or more importantly is genuinely intrigued/stimulated by the subject matter), she will succeed. It’s often that simple.

One part of that equation (the desire to improve) can be triggered with luck/time/effort/discipline. Students can be shown a potential life path (like politician or engineer) and be steered toward this goal step by step: if you want to be a senator, you will have to go to a good Law School; if you want to go to a good Law School, you have to do well on the LSAT and succeed in college; if you want to succeed in college, you have to... and so on. With a bit of luck and persistence, a student can be put on a path to learning success and be fueled by their end goal. I call it the Reverse-IfYouGiveAMouseACookie Theory of Education.

The other path (intrigue/stimulation) is less easily pursued. There is little space in the current education landscape for true passion, unless you happen to be passionate about quadratic equations. School curriculum has always been a regimented endeavor tied to specific sets of data that must be absorbed--and the addition of Common Core is unlikely to change this much.

But what if we set off one third of the school day for kids to become real experts in whatever they want? What if we adjusted the structure such that the students were the ones teaching the adults? Self-guided projects where the teacher gives constant and consistent feedback have the power to both latch onto a student’s true passions as well as demonstrate real world examples of the theory they spend years studying and consuming within the classroom. You won’t be asking “why do I need to learn how to calculate a derivative?” if you see calculus clearly intersecting with your hobbies and interests.

I’m a few years removed from the K-12 lifestyle at this juncture in my life, but to my knowledge topics like Physics and Language Arts are decidedly “uncool,” whereas things like race cars and acoustic guitars are likely closer to being “cool.” So, why not leverage what’s cool? After all, it’s tough to know much about race cars without having a solid grasp of aerodynamics, wind resistance, and engine mechanics. Similarly, it’s tough to give a compelling explanation as to why Jimi Hendrix put on a better set at Woodstock than Carlos Santana without proper grammar, vocabulary, and general debate skills.

Curriculum was necessarily rigid for most of our past learning experiences because the content we had access to was generally limited to the textbook we received the first day of class. Now we have Open Educational Resources (OER). We have YouTube. We have Google. We have Skype. We have myriad paths for students to explore most any discipline they desire to undertake. What we now need is a guiding hand.

If we let kids actively explore the subjects that pique their curiosity, we can surely factor some legitimate learning (Common Core Approved!) into the equation. When the script is flipped (as is traditionally the case), it’s much harder to discover and leverage passion.

This idea of latching onto passion and pushing learning accordingly is inherent in the Do-It-Yourself movement ( DIY ), but it is much more often lacking in other aspects of the learning experience. One of the hot startups in the ed-tech world of late is a website called NoRedInk . A recent graduate of Imagine K12 , the company is attempting to combat the writing/grammar epidemic currently sweeping our schools. While STEM gets all the glory as the problem child, the truth is that we have an equally troubling, if not more so, state of literacy in the country: reading, writing, grammar, and the like. NoRedInk has created a platform for students to test their grammar skills within the context of subjects they care about. When a student signs in, they are given the option of a number of subjects (Harry Potter, One Direction, or the NBA for instance), and their subsequent adaptive problems will revolve around these areas of passion.

Does this truly elicit a passionate response out of its students? Does rearranging sentence structure pique a student’s curiosity simply because the subject is “Lebron James” and the verb is “dunking?” I think the answer is something close to: slightly. But NoRedInk is just getting the ball rolling on the “passion in the classroom” front. I hope this is just the beginning, and that others will follow this pattern. I hope the coming wave of start-ups in the ed-tech community does not take for granted the power of passion in education.

The opinions expressed in Reimagining K-12 are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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I completely understand your desire to express your genuine passion for higher education in a way that stands out. It's important to show the admissions committee what drives you, and how your experiences have shaped your decision to pursue college education. To avoid clichés, focus on specific experiences or moments in your life that ignited your enthusiasm for learning. For example, you could write about a project or subject that you explored on your own time and how that deepened your interest in a certain field.

Additionally, you could talk about mentors or role models who have influenced your academic journey, or how particular challenges have strengthened your commitment to further education. Remember to be reflective and introspective; focus on your personal growth and development. It's not about grand statements, but about showing how your unique story connects to your educational aspirations. Tie these experiences back to your motivation for seeking a higher education, highlighting how college is a necessary and meaningful next step for you. By doing so, you'll be able to craft an essay that is both compelling and personal, clearly demonstrating your passion to the admissions committee.

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First thoughts from Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister of Australia on her new appointment as Board Chair of the Global Partnership for Education

I am delighted to join the Global Partnership for Education  (GPE) as the new Chair of its Board of Directors.

All my life I have been driven by my strong belief that every child should have access to a high quality education. Education changes lives. I know that it changed mine. No child should be denied the transformative power of a great education.

I first campaigned for better education when I was at university. As Australia’s Education Minister and ultimately as Prime Minister, I had the opportunity to deliver reforms across our entire education system, with the aim of making quality learning more accessible and affordable to more of our citizens.

Education is my passion

I’m proud of that record and consider it a tremendous privilege now to work with the Global Partnership and its vast network of dedicated people, institutions and countries who are just as passionate about the importance of education.

Together, we will embark on a critical journey to bring not just access but quality education to the 57 million children currently out of school around the globe. We will work to lift the quality of education for children already in school. These are daunting goals, but both are well within reach if the international community works together to deliver on our promise to provide education for all.

I am looking forward to working with Alice Albright, GPE’s Chief Executive Officer, and I am honoured to follow in the footsteps of former Board Chair Carol Bellamy and Geeta Rao Gupta, who acted as interim chair over the past few months.

Funding is crucial

My first and most important priority as GPE Board Chair over the next several months will be to reach out to all of the donor countries urging them to make a strong commitment to this year’s replenishment. As part of the appeal, I will stress:

  • The essential value of education . Obvious as it may seem, everyone must recognize that basic education enables countries to make progress in most areas of human, economic and social development. Indeed, education is an essential ingredient for success in global development and nation building.
  • The power of the GPE partnership.  The Global Partnership for Education is the only global entity that brings all of the most relevant partners – donor nations, developing countries and experts in the education field — together around a single plan, focusing resources so they have the biggest impact, especially in fragile states and conflict countries where we risk entire generations of children receiving no formal education.
  • The importance of systemic change . The Global Partnership helps nations strengthen their entire education systems , not just the individual elements that make them up. That translates into more sustainable and effective approaches that truly improve learning for more children.
  • An innovative new funding   model.  Though we will have more details to offer about it in a few weeks, the Global Partnership’s new funding model represents a major breakthrough not just for the education sector but for many other aspects of global development. At its heart, the funding model provides incentives to countries to create more efficient and effective education systems, to prioritize learning outcomes, to increase domestic investment in education and to collect and use more and better data, which promotes accountability and efficacy. Stay in touch for more details on this exciting new development.
  • The imperative to build on the current momentum.  Many challenges remain to strengthen the education systems in some of the world’s poorest countries. But over the last decade, we have seen tremendous gains in GPE partner developing countries, particularly many that have increasingly invested their own domestic budgets into education. It is urgent that donor countries, through replenishment, encourage those countries to do more, lest we risk squandering the hard-fought gains. That’s why this year’s replenishment is an historic opportunity to turn the tide of success .

Let’s unite for education

With a proven track record of support that has delivered results in the world’s poorest and most fragile countries over the past decade, the Global Partnership has allocated $3.7 billion to improve education in developing nations. This is a major accomplishment and we have to enable the partnership to keep up the good work.

Let us unite for the mission of the Global Partnership to galvanize and coordinate a global effort to provide good quality education to all children, prioritizing the poorest and most vulnerable.

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May 23, 2024 How to finance disability inclusion in education to transform systems and leave no one behind Reflections and recommendations to enable financing of inclusive education in lower-income countries.

March 04, 2024 Why invest in girls’ education Gender is at the center of GPE’s strategy to transform education. We are committed to achieving gender equality in and through education, and the Girls’ Education Accelerator is key to our mission.

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It just baffles me that Governments today refuse to acknowledge the discrimination held within educational systems. Hoow can a system born from the Industrial Age still be relevant for our current times?? I work with many young people who would thrive in the right educational space, however this has yet to be created as the norm and it will be my lasting legacy to see real education available to all that seek it.

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The project is motivated by the needs of a low socio-economic context (poor & vulnerable) of metropolitan WA. I am a very experienced education practioner and support this community's venture. Your work will guide us to establish potentially one of Australia's first 'First Nations Religous (Noongar) independent schools. I believe the Institute (still developing into implementation) has incredible potential to become a showcase of a unique model of Australian Education for both local, national and international members. Would like to know if there is potetnial to link up with GPE to access your expertise/research.

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I am an a pastor in Liberia west Africa running a Daycare/Elementary school as pastor to help those children that were affected by Ebola in Liberia in the ministry that I am pastoring. I would like to expand this program to the others kids that are not in the ministry but have similar problem in the community, the urban and the rural parts of our country Liberia. Looking at vast majority of children of the underprivileged we have now in ministry and the community west point that was highly hit by the virus during that time, would not like to do this along but would Like to fulfill this great vision or dream that God has given us under the umbrella of your good office and your ministry as well.

We are very glad and excited as your good office and ministry see reasons to be a helping hands and blessing to our underprivileged kids in ministry and communities in Liberia West Africa that has been affected great by the deadly virus Ebola. Thus Ebola has gone but left behind problems for these kids that need your involvement for the betterment of God ministry today in west point Liberia.

May God bless you. As we prayerfully await your involvement into this to have our children’s hope of education restore to them again.

Sincerely yours.

Pastor Daniel S. Walker

Monrovia Liberia

West Africa

Hello Julia, I must say, I am really glad about this article as I am also a teacher in Nigeria and I must attest to the facts written in this article. I am a Teach for Nigeria fellow with 68 pupils in my class. Everyday, I wake up to fight for my pupils to stay in school irrespective of their socio-economic background.   Well done on the work you do. I am rooting for you!  

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Why Passion is Important for Effective Teaching

Why Passion is Important for Effective Teaching

By passion I mean a powerfully strong emotion that one struggles to contain, and others clearly see and feel. In a compact ebook I recently published “7 Most Important Characteristics of an Excellent Instructor Based on Learning Science,” I express the significance of passion as being part of the important characteristic of being personable as well as tying in with the characteristic of being motivational (Anders, 2020). While it does fully belong to both of those aspects, passion is so much more.  

Researchers Crosswell and Elliot (2004) have looked at instructors’ “passion” for teaching as an important variable in teacher commitment and engagement. Their findings led them to state “Given the core role that ‘passion’ appears to play in conceptions of teacher commitment it is reasonable to assume that any reforms deemed desirable by schools and systems are only likely to be successful if such reforms are interpreted for teachers in a way that relates to their passions” (Crosswell & Elliot, 2004, p. 11). This holds true in observations of instructors and students from international academics as well (Mart, 2013). I would agree that one’s passion for teaching would lead one to be more committed and therefore be more motivated to teach, but what about the effect it has on students and learning.

Research has shown that teachers’ passion has a direct influence on students’ passion which then affects students’ motivation and achievement (Gilal, Channa, Gilal, Gilal, & Shah, 2019). These benefits, as well as improved student and teacher persistence, hold true both in online instruction and face-to-face modalities (Greenberger, 2016). Teachers that are passionate about what they are doing express enthusiasm and give off a special type of energy that students pick up on, it is a contagious type of positiveness.

In addition to how being passionate in the classroom makes us more personable, Dr. Robert Fried (noted research author) expresses another important aspect, “The greatest value of our passionate concerns is that they invite students to feel emotionally alive in our presence” (2001, p. 27). It’s also interesting when we realize that “passionate” and “compassionate” sound so similar and in reality are very analogous when it comes to our interaction with students.

A great example of the value and importance of being a passionate teacher comes from Joe Ruhl’s popular (2 million views) TEDx inspirational video entitled “Teaching Methods for Inspiring the Students of the Future” (TEDx Talks, 2015). It is very much worth watching:

One more great quote from Dr. Robert Fried excellent book, “The passionate teacher: A practical guide”

As teachers, we have only our passions to guard against students’ inclination to find things adults care about boring and not worth remembering or putting to use. But it is not enough to focus on our passionate interests. We must show our students what it means to be passionate learners as well. Fried, 2001, p. 25

What are your thoughts on the importance of passion for teaching and learning?

Anders, B. (2020). 7 Most Important Characteristics of an Excellent Instructor Based on Learning Science . Emporia, KS: Sovorel Publishing.

Crosswell, L. J., & Elliott, R. G. (2004). Committed teachers, passionate teachers: The dimension of passion associated with teacher commitment and engagement. Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference, November 28 – December 2, 2004. Melbourne, Australia.

Fried, R. L. (2001). The passionate teacher: A practical guide . Boston, MA: Beacon Press.

Gilal, F. G., Channa, N. A., Gilal, N. G., Gilal, R. G., & Shah, S. M. M. (2019). Association between a teacher’s work passion and a student’s work passion: a moderated mediation model. Psychology Research and Behavior Management , 12 , 889.

Greenberger, S. (2016). A comparison of passion and teaching modality. Journal of Educators Online, 13 (1), 172-193.

Mart, C. T. (2013). A passionate teacher: Teacher commitment and dedication to student learning. International Journal of Academic Research in Progressive Education and Development, 2 (1), 437-442.

TEDx Talks. (2015). Teaching methods for inspiring the students of the future | Joe Ruhl | TEDxLafayette . [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCFg9bcW7Bk

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Passion in teaching and learning is extremely important.in that it can create and nurture the students desire to learn because the teacher’s enthusiasm and commitment in delivery will trigger the students’ minds to accepting learning as something readily possible.

I really mean that the teacher’s enthusiasm and commitment in teaching will invariably create a reciprocal commitment in the student for learning.

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I thought enthusiasm is the father of excellence. Then I knew passion. In this article I learnt passion in teaching. Now today passion in learning. Three Cheers!

Yes, passion plays a big role and it all ties in with motivation! Thank you for your comment.

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I believe true growth as a person can happen only by challenging yourself with situations that are not familiar to you. Throwing yourself into a job in which you can encounter people of different ethnicities and religions and with different philosophies, learning styles, and backgrounds can only cause you to grow as a person, and public education provides that environment.

And you never know how that will eventually translate. For some, it will mean a growth in empathy. For others, the fact that your brain learns something new every day becomes a means to fight old age. Remember those nuns from Wales featured in Time magazine a few years back? This group of long-lived nuns had theories about their own longevity as it related to their active brain activities. Learning, they believed, kept Alzheimer's at bay and helped their minds stay intact even while their bodies aged.

Whatever your beliefs are, the fact is that a good teacher continues to be a student. This could mean you continue to be a student in a graduate class, or you could simply be a student of your own school community.

In my ten years of teaching, I learned more from other teachers, my students, and their parents than I learned from any class in my teacher-credential program. (True, that's not difficult to do -- but that's another post.) In turn, when they saw my own enthusiasm for learning, students were more inclined to learn from me. And that's how my own happiness and growth has translated into the success of my students.

What impact has a passion for lifelong learning had on your teaching? Please share your thoughts.

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Why I Chose Education

Everyone has a different reason. What's yours?

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We asked educators why they chose to enter the field of education and they shared their inspiring stories. From current students to those who have worked in education for decades, take a look at why our alumni chose to make a difference in the lives of learners.

“What you do as a teacher, as an educator, is you get to make an impact on the lives of others that can last their entire lifetime.”

– Bennett Jones ’14MSA, ’19EDD, director of the N.C. Teaching Fellows program

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“A real reason why I teach is to serve other people and give back to them,” says the Wake County Public School System middle school social studies teacher.

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“There’s this power in being able to mentor and develop others,” says the provost of Northern Virginia Community College’s (NOVA) Woodbridge campus.

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“My goal and purpose has always been to make a positive impact in the lives of children. We know that a quality education is a game changer for all children, but is a dire need for children in poverty.”

– Valerie Bridges ’02MSA, ’10EDD, retired superintendent of Edgecombe Public Schools and the 2022 N.C. Superintendent of the year

EDGAR HUFF ’13MAT

“I believe the classroom is where the difference is made,” says the Wake County Public School System high school social studies teacher.

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HELEN LUPTON SMITH ’96PHD

“I realized what a big impact I can make in education. I can make a service impact, I can make a research impact and I can make a direct impact as an advisor and as a teacher,” says the associate professor in counselor education at North Carolina Central University.

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“We’re all part of a broader community of individuals who want our world to be a better place tomorrow than it is today.”

– Carl Harris ’98EDD, NC State College of Education board chair

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“I want my classroom to feel representative of my students and a space where they can be themselves,” says the Lee County Schools middle school mathematics teacher.

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“I really like working with in-service teachers because I remember being there,” says the director of the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership.

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“Education is an avenue to social and economic mobility. It transforms lives,” says the chancellor of Elizabeth City State University.

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“Just knowing that I was helping other students in bridging those gaps, it felt really good,” says the master’s student in higher education administration.

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“My thing has always been helping kids and helping adults help kids,” says the NC State Extension program design and evaluation extension associate.

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Imagine a bright sunny day at a major league baseball park. It’s the middle innings of a good, but not notable, game. The lead-off batter hits a long ball down the third base side that arcs foul and heads for the seats. Just as it’s about to land in the bleachers, a gloved hand seems to appear from nowhere and snags a souvenir.  The crowd goes wild and the recipient waves his trophy for all to see.

But what’s the big commotion really all about. The ball itself is only worth a few dollars. If that same person found something much more valuable, like a $20 bill, on the sidewalk, people might congratulate him, but no one, let alone thousands, would stand and cheer. The cheering has little to do with the value of the ball, but rather the process of receiving it. Some in the stands will say to their friends “Nice catch, huh?” Others may remark on the preparation needed for someone to bring a glove to the ballpark and stay alert enough through the entire game to be ready for just that moment. Everyone will appreciate that few get the chance to make such a "big catch." But few will say, "Wow, he got a great baseball out of that!" This scene provides a lesson to those of us in academe: While the knowledge we create has value, it’s the process of creating that knowledge that generates passion and excitement. This lesson probably seems trivial to many of us who have spent our entire careers pursuing our passions in the lab or the library, but unfortunately, too few of those outside of the academy appreciate this basic reality, and this lack of appreciation is in large part our own fault. More than 1 million students earned bachelor’s degrees last year in the United States and more than 600,000 others received associate degrees. That’s 1.6 million people who voluntarily signed on to serve as academic apprentices to us. We had the chance to show them how to make the great catch, but too often we simply gave them the baseballs. Think of an undergraduate history course, for example. If you ask most undergraduate students to tell you about what they learned in their history courses they will talk about dates, or major social-political upheavals, or great battles and their consequences. But surprisingly few can talk about how that history was written, the scarcity of contemporary records for some events, the difficulties of verifying first-person accounts, the recasting of events over time to be consistent with changing political perspectives.In other words, they have received the baseball, examined it, and come to understand it; but we failed to share with them the excitement of how it came to be. Similarly, too many students come away from our natural science courses thinking that science is knowledge consisting of equations, principles, and specific laboratory techniques, like titration. I am of course generalizing in many ways. Chemistry majors understand that science is about discovery and history majors have wrestled with trying to reconcile contradictory sources, but most students in history classes are not going to become historians; for many this may be the only history course they take from a real historian. How unfortunate that those students didn’t come to appreciate what historians are and what they do.  And the same holds true for most students in our introductory science courses. How the world would be different, if each year more than a million people left our institutions understanding what we, as faculty, do with all of that time that we’re not in the classroom, what excitement there is in discovering something no one else has ever known, and the value that these discoveries bring to society. Those million-plus people become voters and taxpayers and some of them become corporate leaders and politicians. The world could be a very different place if they better understood faculty work and why universities are important.   This is not simply another call to include undergraduates in research. That is important, but not sufficient.  Clearly, students who spend several years, or even a semester or summer, working closely with a faculty mentor in research are likely to come to understand the importance of knowledge creation and the impact such work has on faculty, students, and society. But, given the pace of expanding national enrollments versus the pace of expanding the faculty, we will not be able to offer that kind of experience to the majority of our students any time in the foreseeable future. Instead, we must reshape our courses to reflect our passions for discovery as well as the ideas and facts that those passions have generated. The current emphasis on team-centered learning and “flipped” classrooms provides an opportunity to rethink not only how we teach, but what we teach.  Much of the work to date, however, has been on the incorporation of student skills (participation in a team, student-led learning, etc.) into existing courses. We must also use this opportunity to create course objectives that are defined not simply by content and student skills, but also by creating an understanding of the nature of the discipline(s) upon which a course or curriculum is built. In the future, our courses must be designed to help students appreciate the processes of discovery that define our disciplines, and they should make evident to our students the rewards and the excitement that comes from creating knowledge using those processes. Just as few of us will have the chance to snag a foul ball at a major league baseball game, so too will few of us succeed in making that really big discovery that redefines a discipline. But, all of us can appreciate the excitement of such a discovery and feel envious that it wasn’t us who made it. Those emotions are what drive us as faculty members and our students deserve the opportunity to see and understand that passion, as well.  It will make them better students and better future citizens.

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Passion for Education by Ezobia

Ezobiaof New York 's entry into Varsity Tutor's July 2019 scholarship contest

Passion for Education by Ezobia - July 2019 Scholarship Essay

I am writing with an interest in the Varsity Tutors Scholarship. I am delighted to share my essay regarding what having a passion for education means to me. Having a passion for Education means the continuous pursuit of Education and being able to give back through the dedication of my life’s work. I didn’t always have a passion for Education, in fact, it was a journey I learned to appreciate. In my last two years of high school I wanted to quit, I wasn’t motivated and didn’t apply myself. I cut school often and was in a downward spiral of failure. I learned later that this didn’t mean I didn’t have a passion for learning, it just meant I had no purposeful vision or direction. It was suggested by my guidance counselor that I enroll in night courses in an effort to retake several of the courses I was failing and graduate on time. Taking night classes was the lightbulb moment in a dark dreary room; it was the challenge I needed to keep me focused and motivated. Day and evening classes were a challenge I welcomed; the structure and environment forced me to work harder, caused me to learn self-discipline and consequently study harder. I continued to take day and evening classes in addition to summer courses throughout my junior year. Consequently, I was able to graduate high school in three years instead of the traditional four. I reflect on my high school experience and the challenges I needed for self-improvement and discovery, the grit and perseverance I didn’t know I had. I went from being labeled as a failing student to graduating with a B average one year ahead of schedule. This is where my passion for education ignited. As an adult, I would overcome many hurdles and obstacles along my academic journey such as: failing out my first year of college, the indecisiveness of choosing an academic major and the struggles accompanied with Nursing school. However, my journey has always been filled with my love for learning. It is not the grades or the degrees that I am most proud of, however, the specific qualities of perseverance, grit, drive, ambition and self-discipline that I used to propel me into excellence. The very skills I was forced to discover at an early age and have now perfected. I welcome rigor, challenge and structure, and perform at my highest level of potential when I create these environments for myself. My ability to allocate and manage my time wisely, utilize effective study skills and map out academic goals and objectives for myself are indispensable. Working in the professions of Nursing and Education have afforded me an opportunity to give back. I am able to give back under the myriad of hats I have worn over the past two decades. My position as an Educator in grades PreK-3rd and 6th-12th with students with learning and emotional disabilities in addition to instruction for nonverbal students proved to be a pinnacle point. It served as the foundation for the beginning of my teaching career. In this role, I also served as a Clinical Educator for student-teachers. Student-teaching experiences were opportunities to train and prepare college students in many aspects of instruction. The classroom is my platform for professional and student development, helping students to articulate their space in the world whether it be children, adolescents or adult students. Helping to mentor and coach students to perfect their craft, discover and reach their potential all while encouraging positive image and self-worth is how I execute my passion for education. I am currently employed as a Student Learning Specialist at Chamberlain College of Nursing. I enjoy setting students up for success through the presentation of workshops about time management, effective study skills and self-discipline- the very skills I learned while in high school when tackling evening and summer courses. I create individual goals and remediation plans for failing and at risk students. Having a dual career has definitely afforded me an opportunity to make contributions to both fields of Nursing and Education. I have been accepted and slated to enroll in an accelerated Master of Science in Nursing program in Fall 2019 with future plans to pursue doctoral studies Fall/Spring of 2020. Upon the canvas of my academic journey I have earned a Bachelor of Science in Education, Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Masters of Science in Education- Teaching and Learning. As a leader and Educator, I rightfully and wholeheartedly strive to achieve goals that are not only personally beneficial, but strive towards goals that are beyond my own interests. Not only is this an opportunity to execute my passion for Education, however, it is my responsibility. My Education does not benefit my community if I am unable to give back. My passion for Education includes (peer) mentorship, training, relationship-building and personal and professional development while empowering others to reach academic goals and build purposeful-driven careers. Collectively my experiences have positively shaped and influenced the lives of both aspiring teachers and nurses- this is my purpose and ultimately how I share my passion for Education.

Thank you for allowing me to share my essay in consideration of the Varsity Tutors Scholarship. Ezobia Felder

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8 Essays on My Passion – Importance of Passion in Life [ 2024 ]

Passion is an important force in our life that helps a man in many ways. It’s the passion that helps to achieve great laurels in life, achieve wonderful things in life, bring innovations, solve hard core problems of life etc. Passion is the greatest motivating force that helps a man to withstand adversity with excellence. The following Essay on Passion talks about its core meaning, importance of passion in life and why its important for students.

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Passion is something that’s hard to define. It’s something that we feel, rather than something we see. It’s what compels us to do the things we love, and drives us to be the best we can be. For me, passion is all about creating and experiencing beauty. Whether it’s through writing, painting, or simply appreciating the world around me, I find immense satisfaction in beauty.

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Importance of Passion in Life

Passion is important because it can be the difference between a life that’s mediocre and a life that’s extraordinary. It’s what allows us to tap into our full potential and achieve great things. Without passion, we would simply go through the motions of life without ever really living. Passion is what makes us feel alive and fills us with purpose.

Passion can be used in many different ways. It can be the driving force behind our actions and the motivation to pursue our dreams. It can also be a source of inspiration, helping us to see the world in a new and beautiful way. Ultimately, passion is something that we each have to find for ourselves. It’s what makes us unique and special. Passion is what makes life worth living.

My Passion in Life

I am passionate about many things in life, but most important passion that has driven me so far is art. I’ve always been drawn to the arts, and I believe that creativity is one of the most important aspects of life. It’s what allows us to express ourselves, and to connect with others on a deeper level. Art can transcend boundaries, and it can be a powerful tool for healing and transformation. I’m grateful for the opportunities that I’ve had to express myself creatively, and I hope to continue doing so for years to come.

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Inculcating Passion

One of the best ways to help children develop a passion is to expose them to as many different things as possible. This can be done through activities like going to museums, or taking classes in various subjects. It’s also important to encourage children to follow their dreams and to never give up on their passions. Helping children find their passion is one of the most important things we can do as parents and educators. It’s what will help them lead fulfilling and successful lives. It will help them to find their voice in the world, and to make a difference in the lives of others.

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Therefore, Passion is the driving force of human progress so far. All great achievers have been passionate about something. We need to find our passion and pursue it wholeheartedly if we want to achieve extraordinary things in life. Life without Passion is meaningless.

Essay on My Passion in Life:

My passion in life is something that has been with me for as long as I can remember. It’s a driving force, a constant source of inspiration and motivation, and it brings so much joy and fulfillment to my life.

Growing up, I was always encouraged to explore different activities and hobbies to find what truly sparked my interest. From music to sports to art, I dabbled in many areas, but nothing quite captured my heart like writing did. From the moment I started putting words on paper, I knew that this was my passion.

Writing allows me to express myself in ways that I never thought possible. It’s a form of therapy, a way to process my thoughts and emotions, and a means to connect with others. Whether it’s through poetry, short stories, or personal essays, writing gives me a voice and allows me to share my perspective with the world.

But my passion for writing goes beyond just self-expression. It’s also a way for me to make an impact and leave a lasting impression on others. Through my words, I hope to inspire, educate, and bring about positive change in the world. Whether I’m writing about social issues, personal experiences, or fictional tales, my goal is always to ignite something within the reader and leave them with a newfound perspective.

My passion for writing has also led me to constantly seek out new knowledge and skills. I’m always reading books on different writing techniques, attending workshops and conferences, and connecting with other writers to learn from their experiences. This constant growth not only helps me improve my craft, but it also deepens my love for writing and keeps the flame of passion burning bright.

As I continue on my writing journey, I am grateful for the opportunities that have come my way and the people who have supported me. My passion in life has not only brought immense joy to myself, but it has also allowed me to connect with like-minded individuals and build a community of passionate writers.

In conclusion, my passion for writing is an integral part of who I am. It has shaped my identity, provided me with purpose and meaning, and continues to be a source of endless possibilities.

Short Essay on my Passion for Fashion:

Fashion has always been a significant part of my life. Since I was young, I have been fascinated by the way people express themselves through clothing. The colors, patterns, fabrics, and styles all come together to create an individual’s unique fashion statement.

As I grew older, my passion for fashion only intensified. I started experimenting with different styles and trends, trying to find my own personal aesthetic. I would spend hours scrolling through fashion blogs and magazines, admiring the latest collections from top designers.

Not only do I love fashion for its outward appearance, but also for the creativity and artistry behind it. Designers are constantly pushing boundaries and expressing themselves through their designs, which is something that deeply inspires me.

Fashion is not just about following trends; it’s about self-expression, confidence, and creativity. It has the power to make a statement and evoke emotions.

My passion for fashion led me to pursue a degree in Fashion Design, where I have learned the technical skills of garment construction and design principles. Through this, I have been able to bring my ideas to life and create clothing that is a reflection of my personal style.

Fashion will always be a significant part of my life, and I am grateful for the opportunity to turn my passion into a career. It allows me to constantly learn and grow, all while expressing myself in a unique and meaningful way. Overall, fashion has not only shaped my sense of style but also who I am as an individual. So, I will continue to follow my passion and see where it takes me on this exciting journey of self-discovery through fashion.

Essay on My Passion For Learning:

Learning has always been a fundamental part of my life. I have had a deep curiosity about the world around me from an early age, and this curiosity has only grown stronger as I have gotten older. For me, learning is not just a means to an end or something that needs to be done for school or work – it is a lifelong pursuit that brings joy and fulfillment to my life.

Growing up, I was fortunate enough to have parents who encouraged and supported my love for learning. They always made sure that I had access to books, educational activities, and opportunities to explore and discover new things. This laid the foundation for me to develop a strong passion for learning, as well as a thirst for knowledge that cannot be quenched.

One of the things that I love about learning is that there is always something new to discover. No matter how much I learn, there will always be more to explore and learn about. This constant cycle of discovery and growth keeps me motivated and excited to continue my journey of learning.

Through my passion for learning, I have been able to expand my horizons, challenge myself, and develop new skills. It has not only helped me in my academic and professional pursuits but also in my personal life. Learning has taught me how to think critically, problem-solve, and communicate effectively – skills that are essential for success in any aspect of life.

Moreover, learning has opened up a whole world of possibilities for me. It has allowed me to explore different subjects, cultures, and perspectives, broadening my understanding of the world and fostering empathy towards others. It has also given me the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals who share my passion for learning.

In conclusion, my passion for learning is not something that can be easily put into words. It is a driving force in my life that motivates me to continue growing, exploring, and discovering. Learning is not just a hobby or a habit for me – it is a way of life, and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue learning and growing every day. As Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Essay on My Passion for Football:

Football has been my passion from a very young age. I remember watching my first match at the age of 6 and being completely mesmerized by the energy and excitement on the field. I couldn’t wait to get home and try out all the moves I saw on TV with my friends.

As I grew older, my passion for football only intensified. I started playing in my school team and soon became one of the star players. I loved being on the field, feeling the rush of adrenaline as I dribbled past defenders and scored goals. It was more than just a game for me, it was a way of life.

Football has taught me valuable lessons that go beyond the field. Teamwork, discipline, perseverance – these are just some of the qualities that I have acquired through my love for football. It has also helped me stay physically fit and motivated me to push myself harder in other aspects of my life.

Being a football fan has also connected me with people from different backgrounds and cultures. The camaraderie and bond shared with fellow fans is something special and unifying.

Even though I may not be playing professionally, my passion for football continues to grow. Whether it’s watching a match with friends or playing a friendly game, football will always hold a special place in my heart. It has given me unforgettable memories and experiences that I will cherish forever. Football is more than just a sport to me, it’s my passion and I am grateful for all that it has brought into my life. So, I will continue to support my favorite team, cheer on my favorite players and spread the love for this beautiful game.

Essay on My Passion for Singing:

Singing has always been my passion since I was a child. I still remember when I used to sing along with the radio, trying to imitate the beautiful voices of my favorite singers. As I grew older, my love for singing only intensified and it became an integral part of my life.

One of the main reasons why singing is my passion is because it allows me to express myself in ways that words cannot. When I sing, I am able to convey my emotions and feelings to the audience without any barriers. It’s a form of catharsis for me, as I can release any pent-up emotions through my voice.

Moreover, singing also brings me immense joy and happiness. There is a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction when I hit the right notes and create beautiful melodies. It’s a feeling that cannot be described in words but can only be felt.

I have also had the opportunity to perform on various stages, from school functions to local competitions, and each performance has been a thrilling experience. The adrenaline rush I feel while performing is incomparable to anything else. It’s like a form of meditation for me, where I am completely immersed in the music and forget about everything else.

My passion for singing has also allowed me to meet new people who share the same love for music. I have made some lifelong friends through singing, and we often gather to jam and sing our hearts out.

In conclusion, my passion for singing is something that brings joy, fulfillment, and a sense of self-expression in my life. It’s more than just a hobby; it’s a part of who I am. I will continue to nurture this passion and strive to improve my skills as a singer.

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Swimming has been a major part of my life ever since I was a child. Growing up near the beach, swimming became one of the activities that I enjoyed the most. As I grew older, my love for swimming only increased, and it eventually turned into a passion.

One of the main reasons why swimming is so important to me is the sense of freedom and relaxation that it brings. Every time I dive into the water, all my worries disappear, and I feel completely at peace. It’s like a form of meditation for me, where I can disconnect from the outside world and focus on my own thoughts.

Aside from the mental benefits, swimming also has numerous physical benefits. It is a great workout for the entire body, and it helps me stay in shape and maintain a healthy lifestyle. The feeling of being weightless in the water is also a big plus for me, as I have always been fascinated by the ocean and its mysteries.

My passion for swimming has also led me to participate in competitive races and join swim teams. The adrenaline rush that comes with competing against others while pushing my own limits is exhilarating. It has taught me discipline, determination and the importance of hard work.

In conclusion, swimming is not just a hobby for me, but a passion that I will continue to pursue for as long as I can. It has been a constant source of joy, relaxation and personal growth in my life, and I am grateful to have discovered such a fulfilling activity.

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As a child, I was always drawn to the kitchen. While other kids were playing outside or watching cartoons, I found myself eagerly learning how to chop vegetables and mix ingredients. This early interest in cooking has only grown stronger as I’ve gotten older.

For me, cooking is not just about following recipes and making food. It’s an art form that allows me to express my creativity and passion. I love experimenting with different flavors, textures, and cooking techniques to create unique dishes that are both delicious and visually appealing.

Not only is cooking a creative outlet for me, but it’s also a way to connect with others. There’s something special about sharing a meal with loved ones – whether it’s a fancy dinner party or just a casual weeknight dinner. Cooking brings people together and creates lasting memories.

I am constantly seeking to improve my cooking skills and knowledge, whether it’s through trying new recipes or taking cooking classes. I am always excited to learn about different cuisines and techniques from around the world.

Ultimately, my passion for cooking stems from a deep love of food and the joy it brings to myself and others. It’s a never-ending journey that I am grateful to be on, and I can’t wait to see where it will take me next.

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The essence of passions, the power of passion, my personal passions.

  • Creative Arts: Many people find their passions in the world of creative expression , such as painting, writing, music, or dance. These forms of self-expression allow individuals to tap into their innermost thoughts and emotions.
  • Outdoor Adventures: Nature enthusiasts may have a passion for hiking, camping, or wildlife conservation. These pursuits connect them with the beauty and wonders of the natural world.
  • Advocacy and Social Causes: Passion can also manifest in a commitment to social justice, humanitarian efforts, or environmental activism. These passions are driven by a desire to make a positive impact on society.
  • Learning and Knowledge: For some, the pursuit of knowledge and continuous learning is a lifelong passion. They thrive on exploring new subjects and acquiring new skills.
  • Health and Fitness: Passion for health and fitness leads individuals to maintain an active lifestyle, focus on nutrition, and strive for physical well-being.

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Stress relief:, personal growth:, connection and community:, impact on others:.

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What Inclusion Means to Me...Journey thru the Eyes of A. P. Tureaud, Jr., LSU Integration Trailblazer, Retired Director of Special Education, and Education Consultant

Over the next decade, about 33,500 openings for special education teacher positions are predicted each year.

The need for educators is stronger than ever to guarantee the future successes of our youth.

On March 5, 2024, the CHSE Office of Advocacy, Collaboration & Engagement hosted A. P. Tureaud, Jr. , to engage in insightful discussion about inclusive education and intellectual disabilities. Tureaud, Jr., discussed his passion for education and ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to learn, regardless of physical capability.

Tureaud, Jr. is the epitome of a changemaker. He was the first black undergraduate student to attend LSU in 1953, after his father sued the university for admission. Despite adversities he faced, which were many, Tureaud, Jr., developed a strong devotion to ensuring that all children with disabilities received equal and fair opportunities within their schools. Tureaud, Jr., taught for 10 years in schools in New Orleans, Washington D.C., and New York, and served as director of special education in the White Plains New York Public School system for 26 years. Special education was his life’s work and his passion.

Tureaud, Jr., consistently focuses his efforts upon guaranteeing that no student receives the unjust treatment that he did, especially students with disabilities, as all children should have the right to an education, regardless of outward appearances.

Tureaud, Jr., encouraged future LSU educators to drop the labels and treat their fellow students with respect, regardless of differences.

Moderated by Dean Roland Mitchell , Tureaud, Jr., shared his experiences and insights gained from his extensive career in special education. The panel also featured esteemed individuals including:

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A compelling personal statement is a critical component of an Ivy League application, as it offers students the unique opportunity to showcase their personality, experiences, and aspirations. Kickstarting the writing process in the summer can give students a critical advantage in the admissions process, allowing them more time to brainstorm, edit, and polish standout essays. However, as students begin drafting their essays this summer, they should bear in mind that selecting the right topic is crucial to writing a successful essay. Particularly for students with Ivy League aspirations, submitting an essay that is cliche, unoriginal, or inauthentic can make the difference between standing out to admissions officers or blending into the sea of other applicants.

As ambitious students embark on the college application process, here are the personal statement topics they should avoid:

1. The Trauma Dump

Many students overcome significant hurdles by the time they begin the college application process, and some assume that the grisliest and most traumatic stories will attract attention and sympathy from admissions committees. While vulnerability can be powerful, sharing overly personal or sensitive information can make readers uncomfortable and shift focus away from a student’s unique strengths. Students should embrace authenticity and be honest about the struggles they have faced on their path to college, while still recognizing that the personal statement is a professional piece of writing, not a diary entry. Students should first consider why they want to share a particular tragic or traumatic experience and how that story might lend insight into the kind of student and community member they will be on campus. As a general rule, if the story will truly enrich the admissions committee’s understanding of their candidacy, students should thoughtfully include it; if it is a means of proving that they are more deserving or seeking to engender pity, students should consider selecting a different topic. Students should adopt a similar, critical approach as they write about difficult or sensitive topics in their supplemental essays, excluding unnecessary detail and focusing on how the experience shaped who they are today.

2. The Travelogue

Travel experiences can be enriching, but essays that merely recount a trip to a foreign country without deeper reflection often fall flat. Additionally, travel stories can often unintentionally convey white saviorism , particularly if students are recounting experiences from their charity work or mission trips in a foreign place. If a student does wish to write about an experience from their travels, they should prioritize depth not breadth—the personal statement is not the place to detail an entire itinerary or document every aspect of a trip. Instead, students should focus on one specific and meaningful experience from their travels with vivid detail and creative storytelling, expounding on how the event changed their worldview, instilled new values, or inspired their future goals.

3. The Superhero Narrative

Ivy League and other top colleges are looking for students who are introspective and teachable—no applicant is perfect (admissions officers know this!). Therefore, it’s crucial that students be aware of their strengths and weaknesses, and open about the areas in which they hope to grow. They should avoid grandiose narratives in which they cast themselves as flawless heroes. While students should seek to put their best foot forward, depicting themselves as protagonists who single-handedly resolve complex issues can make them appear exaggerated and lacking in humility. For instance, rather than telling the story about being the sole onlooker to stand up for a peer being bullied at the lunch table, perhaps a student could share about an experience that emboldened them to advocate for themselves and others. Doing so will add dimension and dynamism to their essay, rather than convey a static story of heroism.

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Similarly, many students feel compelled to declare their intention to solve global issues like world hunger or climate change. While noble, these proclamations can come across as unrealistic and insincere, and they can distract from the tangible achievements and experiences that a student brings to the table. Instead, applicants should focus on demonstrable steps they’ve taken or plan to take within their local community to enact positive change, demonstrating their commitment and practical approach to making a difference. For instance, instead of stating a desire to eradicate poverty, students could describe their extended involvement in a local charity and how it has helped them to discover their values and actualize their passions.

5. The Sports Story

While sports can teach valuable lessons, essays that focus solely on athletic achievements or the importance of a particular game can be overdone and lack depth. Admissions officers have read countless essays about students scoring the winning goal, dealing with the hardship of an injury, or learning teamwork from sports. Students should keep in mind that the personal essay should relay a story that only they can tell—perhaps a student has a particularly unique story about bringing competitive pickleball to their high school and uniting unlikely friend groups or starting a community initiative to repair and donate golf gear for students who couldn’t otherwise afford to play. However, if their sports-related essay could have been written by any high school point guard or soccer team captain, it’s time to brainstorm new ideas.

6. The Pick-Me Monologue

Students may feel the need to list their accomplishments and standout qualities in an effort to appear impressive to Ivy League admissions officers. This removes any depth, introspection, and creativity from a student’s essay and flattens their experiences to line items on a resume. Admissions officers already have students’ Activities Lists and resumes; the personal statement should add texture and dimension to their applications, revealing aspects of their character, values and voice not otherwise obvious through the quantitative aspects of their applications. Instead of listing all of their extracurricular involvements, students should identify a particularly meaningful encounter or event they experienced through one of the activities that matters most to them, and reflect on the ways in which their participation impacted their development as a student and person.

7. The Pandemic Sob Story

The Covid-19 pandemic was a traumatic and formative experience for many students, and it is therefore understandable that applicants draw inspiration from these transformative years as they choose their essay topics. However, while the pandemic affected individuals differently, an essay about the difficulties faced during this time will likely come across as unoriginal and generic. Admissions officers have likely read hundreds of essays about remote learning challenges, social isolation, and the general disruptions caused by Covid-19. These narratives can start to blend together, making it difficult for any single essay to stand out. Instead of centering the essay on the pandemic's challenges, students should consider how they adapted, grew, or made a positive impact during this time. For example, rather than writing about the difficulties of remote learning, a student could describe how they created a virtual study group to support classmates struggling with online classes. Similarly, an applicant might write about developing a new skill such as coding or painting during lockdown and how this pursuit has influenced their academic or career goals. Focusing on resilience, innovation, and personal development can make for a more compelling narrative.

Crafting a standout personal statement requires dedicated time, careful thought, and honest reflection. The most impactful essays are those that toe the lines between vulnerability and professionalism, introspection and action, championing one’s strengths and acknowledging weaknesses. Starting early and striving to avoid overused and unoriginal topics will level up a student’s essay and increase their chances of standing out.

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Few such guides could outpace Martin Scorsese, whose narration (often delivered directly to camera) powers “ Made in England : The Films of Powell and Pressburger” (in theaters), directed by David Hinton. Scorsese’s Film Foundation World Cinema Project restores movies from underrepresented and forgotten filmmakers from around the world, works that might otherwise be lost to time. Among those were “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp” and “The Red Shoes,” two seminal movies from the 1940s by the duo Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger . Scorsese has long counted the pair among his greatest influences; their movies pushed the boundaries of color, story and passion.

What makes “Made in England” so compelling is how effortlessly it swings from film analysis to cinema and cultural history to personal narrative. It’s a roughly chronological documentary about the filmmakers, but it’s also the story of personal obsession. For Scorsese, that story started in his own childhood, when he saw rough black-and-white transfers on TV that transfixed him. Later, he became obsessed with the filmmakers’ works, and Powell in particular eventually became a mentor and a friend. He and Scorsese’s longtime editor, Thelma Schoonmaker, were married until Powell died in 1990.

The film works through the history of both men, the origins of their collaboration and the ways their films evolved during and after World War II, particularly as commercial taste shifted. Their experimentations with sound, music and heightened realism are illuminated through “The Red Shoes,” “Colonel Blimp” and films like “Black Narcissus,” “The Tales of Hoffmann,” and the nearly career-killing “ Peeping Tom ,” all lovingly explored through Scorsese’s viewpoint.

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“Made in England” is remarkably engaging thanks to Scorsese’s animated commentary and some flourishes, like comparisons between shots from Powell and Pressburger’s films and Scorsese’s. But whether you are lucky enough to attend the summer of Powell and Pressburger in New York’s cinemas, enjoy streaming from home or are just curious about these fascinating filmmakers, the documentary is a personal, vibrant gift.

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