This is a bit of a tangent, but stay with me …
When I got married, my husband and I went to Disney World for our honeymoon. While there, I went on the hydroponic facility tour and loved it so much that I made my husband go on it two more times. I don’t know what it was about the topic of growing plants without dirt that I immediately latched on to, but I was beyond excited about it.
For our anniversary, my husband presented me with a certificate to a hydroponic store. But more than that, his present included a stack of hydroponic gardening catalogs and magazines. He said he figured that I could spend hours reading about what I might want to get with my gift certificate, and plan out exactly what type of hydroponic garden I would like. My response to this was a joyful, “Oh! You gave me the gift of research!”
I think that we can all remember being so interested in something that we couldn’t read or hear enough about the topic. Whether it is a sports team, the latest in snowboarding technology, horsemanship, sailing or knitting, there is something (and hopefully many somethings) that we are so passionate about that we want to know about any bit of additional information that appears on the planet about it. As a teacher of research, I wanted to bring that passion to my students.
We all have tasks to perform as a part of our jobs. I have mine at work, and I enjoy some more than others. Students have many responsibilties and obligations as they take on their own learning, some they are more enthusiastic about than others. But I believe there is something to be said for finding what interests you in every challenge you are presented with.
I started this blog to begin the process of sorting out in my own brain, how this might be accomplished.