“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is most important.” – Bill Gates

CEP 812: Instilling Passion and Curiosity

on August 10, 2014

In 2013, Thomas L. Friedman wrote an op-ed piece in The New York Times that discussed the idea that in the 21st century, people need more than just a high IQ to succeed. Friedman argued that we “will need to develop skills that are complementary to technology rather than ones that can be easily replaced by it and that we need everyone to be innovating new products and services to employ the people who are being liberated from routine work by automation and software.” In essence, we need people in our society who are driven by passion to learn and by curiosity to innovate, for gone are the days when one’s education will last a lifetime. We need lifelong leaners to help drive our society forward.

In the video embedded below, I share my passion and curiosity for my students, in addition to how this enthusiasm, coupled with technology, motivates my students to learn and to take pride in their work.

*All images and videos were taken/recorded by me in my various student teaching and teaching placements. 


Friedman, T. L. (2013, January 29). It’s p.q. and c.q. as much as i.q. The New York Times, p. A27. Retrieved from


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