How many times have you heard students say that they hate school or that they dread school? How many times have you heard students say something about not wanting to go to Mr. __________’s class (you can fill in the blank here) because they just can’t stand him or that class?
Far too many times!!!!!
For students, beginning school in Kindergarten is the highlight of their young lives. It’s what they have been working for since birth … starting school! They are so excited and just ready to soak up and learn everything they can from their teacher. I would even bet that everybody can still remember their Kindergarten teacher’s name. Mine was Mrs. Meador, and I still remember having so much fun in her class.
But then, somewhere along the way, something changed. Kids begin to dread going to school. They still go because they have to, but they really don’t look forward to it. School became monotonous, boring, not fun, etc.
Let’s change our point-of-view for a minute.
Think back to when you began teaching. Think about the excitement and nervousness of that first day and all the things you were going to do to help students get the best education possible. You were going to change the world! But then, somewhere along the way, for some (but not all), something changed. School became monotonous, boring, not fun, etc.
There is not one answer to this question. Whatever the reason, it is imperative that it gets changed. We must once again find the JOY in teaching. And I bet that when teachers once again find that JOY, then the students will once again find their JOY in going to school. (See one of my previous posts, The Energy Bus — 10 Rules to Fuel You Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy).
In this TEDx video, Dean Shareski does a great job posing the question — Whatever happened to joy in education? You will really like this fun and insightful video and, after watching, will feel challenged to FIND JOY !!