What activities do you participate in outside of the classroom / outside of your regular job duties / that are important to you or reflect your personal passions?
If you are in a classroom, do these end up getting reflected in some way in your classroom?
I LOVE competitive sports! I have taken several years worth of karate and am planning to start Judo/Jujitsu later this fall. I truly like to push my limits and see just how far I can go.
I guess this does come out in my classroom because I encourage my students to dig deep and find out what they're truly made of.
When my art relates in some way to the topic, I talk about the relevant artwork. Also a colleague and I designed a course called Art Techne, which integrates Scratch and game development and uses artworks as catalysts and inspiration for each topic. I teach MsEd graduate students at Lesley University.
I maintain several websites: our school's website, a cooking/recipe site(new), and a couple of teacher resource sites. One is for my building's teachers so they have resources for the tools that are in their classrooms, and the other is for a larger audience. I began collecting resources in 2009 for my online courses and realized bookmarking would NOT manage so many, plus I wanted to share them anyway because I like to share. It's one of those things I supposedly learned in kindergarten. :-) although I think my parents get that credit. I would say that helping others to learn is my consuming passion and it doesn't matter what age the learners are.
Diigo groups will be perfect for sharing bookmarks - and discussions- with you and the other teachers. I include Diigo in my Social Computing module in a course I teach, so that the teachers I teach will learn about it. Many end up using it with their colleagues and their own students.