I love finding good quotes, they are short and to the point (to be fair they are often ambiguous and generalized as well) and they usually come with a certain message. Recently I was cruising the Twitter-sphere, as I try to do once or twice a week, following my favorite hashtag #edchat. I saw a tweet that said,
A good teacher told me, “if you’re not having fun while teaching, you’re doing it wrong.” #edchat
— Tony Thonesavanh (@teachertony_) February 28, 2014
This got me thinking, how many of our teachers are having fun while they are teaching? Now, I know that there can’t be a person alive who is always having fun, it’s just not possible, we’re human. BUT, what about the majority of the time? Last week I wrote about our kids being bored in class, what about you? No one wants you to teach to a certain style, in fact, I want to encourage you to show yourself in the way you teach. Everyone here is awesome, fun, and full of passion…don’t be afraid to show it in the classroom!! I know that we’re all here because we love what we do and we enjoy the kids, teaching, learning, seeing those lightbulbs go on over kids heads; but what are we doing to make sure that we’re having fun? I’d love to hear back from people this week about things they try in their classrooms to make it fun for themselves…maybe it’s a simple game for the last two minutes, or a certain style of presentations, or perhaps something you imbed into every lesson. Anything and everything is welcome!!! Please share and I will share out things I hear back!
Play with the kids. Today I made Play-Doh cookies, played in the sand table, played in the dress up area and built airplanes with Bristle Blocks. Also had some fascinating conversations with the first graders at lunch duty (one of my favorite parts of the day).
During instruction, I try to be as serious as possible so that students understand directions and what not but once that is over, I let myself and my students have work time and usually that is when I can goof off and let free.
How true, I am 63 and still remember my favorite classes were the ones with a little humor or games, just a little distraction. Such as math class, a dry subject, I remember this : by adding just one straight little line in this equation, make it true. 5+5+5=550. Hint it is not a line through the equals sign to make it not equal. Good luck and HAVE FUN.