¿Hola? ¿Cómo estás? ¡Estoy bien! ¿Y tú? Does any of it really matter? These are questions that I asked myself growing up and taking Spanish classes through high school. These are also questions that I hope my students are not asking in my own classroom; although, I am sure some of them are.
For our final assignment in CEP 812 we were asked to examine the ideas presented by Thomas Friedman, author of The World is Flat (I highly recommend this book if you haven’t already read it) on Passion Quotient (P.Q.) and Curiosity Quotient (C.Q.). In his work Friedman talks about passion and curiosity being key attributes not only in learning, but also in individual success. These two factors are even more important with a high IQ. One can have a high IQ, but if there is no passion or curiosity they will find themselves asking “does any of this really matter?”
As a Spanish teacher, I use my own passion and curiosity and am hopefully able to inspire my students, as I was inspired by my own awesome high school Spanish teacher so long ago.