PQ and CQ…Our Last Week of CEP 812


For our final week in CEP 812, we explored PQ (passion quotient) and CQ (curiosity quotient) through Thomas L. Friedman’s op-ed article in the New York Times. Friedman writes about how our ever changing world of technology has created a superconnected society (Friedman, 2013). Within this hyperconnected world, we have businesses that can do things more efficiently through technology, and we have major changes in areas like education. Friedman explains to keep people need to take initiative through their passion and curiosity which may be more important than a person’s IQ (Friedman, 2013). Friedman makes interesting statements about our hyperconnected world. Assuming that those who are highly intelligent may not necessarily be the “best” with regard to jobs or other areas especially if those with high IQs are not necessarily passionate or curious about their job. This reminds me that every day, we as educators, are faced with the unique problem of preparing our students for jobs, problems, and really a world that does not exist yet. Therefore, I agree with Friedman in the importance of PQ and CQ! Students who can find a passion in what they are doing will be more likely to succeed. Likewise, students who are naturally curious will be problem solvers and try and figure out the best way to handle the situation. These two factors are crucial now and will be in the future.

This week we were asked to create “something” using “something” to demonstrate how we bring passion and curiosity to our classrooms and how we use technology to instill passion and curiosity in our students. I have created a short video to demonstrate the PQ and CQ in my classroom. Click the link at the beginning of the post to view my WeVideo.


Final Project

Final Project: Innovation as Learning Ethic

As our final project for CEP 812, my group and I have completed our final project: Innovation as Learning Ethic…a wicked problem! As with all wicked problems, it may be seemingly impossible to find a solution–but, through conversation, research, and being innovative ourselves, we did finalize some recommendations on ways to incorporate innovation through creativity into the classroom. Our future looks brighter when we allow students to use creative ideas to solve the solutions to their own problems, when they connect with students outside the four walls of their classroom, and when authentic learning takes place.