Remember to be Authentically Passionate


Recently I stumbled across a December 2011/January 2012 issue of Readers Digest. As I thumbed through the pages I stopped at the article titled, At Home in the World. I started to read the article about Michelle Obama’s role of first lady and mother and advocate for her causes. This quote from Mrs. Obama describes the importance of being passionate. “I do a better job if I’m authentically passionate about something.”

The book “The Passion Driven Classroom” (co-authored by our friend Angela Maiers) states that Passion means: “I believe in this. I own this. I think about it even when I’m not on the clock. I know we can do this better than anyone else can.” This sense of ownership becomes a responsibility- the mission to pursue excellent work.”

-The Passion Driven Classroom, 2011


These quotes got me thinking….



How can art teachers be more authentically passionate?

  • Find passion in art.
  • Read art books.
  • Go to an art museum.
  • Paint.
  • Draw.
  • Photograph anyone or anything.
  • Read art/art education blogs.
  • Take professional development class
  • Take an art class.
  • Go for a walk-look at all the beautiful color around you.
  • Start a book club.
  • Create. Design. Collaborate. Differentiate.
  • Call up your old art education professors and teachers


Be Passionate.

How can you be more authentically passionate about your profession?

What else could you add to the list?

Cassidy Reinken

This article was written by former AOE writer and life-long learner, Cassidy Reinken.


  • What a great quote!  It got me thinking about ways to inspire students to be “authentically passionate” about their learning.  If you can tap into students’ passion, their motivation goes through the roof!

  • Vicky Siegel

    Yeah! I am authentically passionate! What a great article. Recently as we do a project, I will give my students related web sites or apps to correlate. This way it inspires all students to explore their passions, even if they think they are not artistic. Or, if we do a project, I ask them how they think they could do this at home, like using cereal boxes for tag board or candy wrappers for collage materials. Sometimes it is the student that I least expect that brings in a related book or drawing of a topic we’ve just made that they connected to.

    • Thanks for sharing, these are great ideas!

    • Denise

       What great ideas to remember while in the classroom.  I’m compiling lists and ideas for the fall as I begin teaching middle school again~

  • Thank you for sharing the passion my friend! Hope things are great with you!