#SOL15: Passion – Finding Your Voice

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What is the strong feeling or emotion that drives you?

Is it your belief in students?

Your belief in students ability to learn?

Find your passion and you will never WORK a day in your life.  You will truly live your passion.

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What is your passion?

Is it literacy?

Is is the power of literacy?

Is it the freedom derived from literacy?

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What is your passion?

Is it instruction?

Is it assessment?

Is it curriculum?

Is it the curiosity of daily life?


What is your passion?

Find it.

Fuel it.

Live it!

How will I know it?

I will hear it, see it, and feel it in everything you say and do!


Check out the writers, readers and teachers who are “slicing” here. Thanks to Stacey, Anna, Beth, Tara, Dana and Betsy at “Two Writing Teachers” for creating a place to share our work.  So grateful for this entire community of writers who also read, write and support each other!


23 responses

  1. I truly believe I’ve found my passion in teaching 5th and 6th gifted readers and writers. It’s a joy, and I love the quote “Find your passion and you will never WORK a day in your life.” Life is too short not to find something you’re passionate about and do it. Thanks for inspiration today!

    1. Holly,
      I couldn’t find a source for that line but I’ve heard it for years. You are welcome! What a great start to TODAY!

  2. Fran, What a great pep talk. I very much enjoyed the graphics!

    1. Thanks, Haddon.
      I’ve been working on that – pictures are so powerful and I’m not sure that we have considered the true impact of their use!

  3. Your post speaks to me right now as I realize that my actions and words are shifting a bit. Perhaps, I am growing in my passions?

    1. Sounds like your passions are growing, YES!!!

  4. Something to be mindful of and to reflect on. I love looking at how passions develop. How they come to be, how they grow. Perhaps a way to end a year — tending our passions!

    1. Julieanne,
      So much fun to look at passions in our students as well!

      OOOHH! Time in the spring to tend our passions! Great thought!

  5. I can’t imagine anything more depressing than working at something I didn’t feel passionate about. That would make for awfully long days and years. Luckily I had 40 years doing what I loved .

    1. You are very lucky. There are some parts that are NOT so fun, but the overall balance is totally GREAT!

  6. Do we allow our students to explore their passion enough? Teachers often think the curriculum, standards, tests do not allow for exploration of passion. That’s a sad classroom of students. I get to share my passion with teachers and hopefully ignite their passions too.

    1. Great question! I think the “enough” is a key word because choices often seem so limited for many students!

  7. My passion is sharing books I know with my students. Recently, I was recommending “When You Reach Me” to a young lady. I told her how it was so cool that it’s realistic fiction, you think, and then it’s not…She said, “Wow. You really loved this book, didn’t you?” YES! 🙂

    1. What a great passion! Books are definitely a passion for me. A colleague shared a book with me today – “Courage” by Bernard Waber. Unbelievable! We will use as a mentor text for “pillars of character” work in buildings!

  8. I read your post this morning, and didn’t have time to comment – but your words fueled MY passion for what i do, all day long.

    1. Tara,
      Love that you came back to share now! Thanks so much! ❤

  9. I love this post. It gives words to how I’m feeling about where I’m headed right now. I get to return to some of the things I’m passionate about! (Creativity, Workshops, Books, more creativity!) Thanks for fueling this excitement. I love this post. (2x)

    1. Kendra,
      I so appreciate your passion! (x2) THANKS! ❤

  10. Teaching was my passion as was instilling a love of reading. Now improving my art and writing are new passions. Love your post.

    1. Thanks, Bev! Writing is a passion! Sometimes it “flows” out and other times it does feel a bit like “work.”

  11. Thank you, Fran, for this passion-filled post! It’s a great reminder for why we do what we do. I’m holding on to this post for those days when I get bogged down in all the other stuff that goes along with this most rewarding profession!

    1. Thanks, Catherine!
      Somedays the “other stuff” seems like a mountain but a focus on WHY can quickly help us regain our passion!

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