While reviewing tweets today, I came across an interesting blog post by Tamara Fisher, a K-12 gifted education specialist.
In this post, she discusses how her students have “fun”, but that’s ok because she knows what they mean. As I read through her blog I was really happy with the things she had to say. Maybe I’m just a pre-service teacher with “crazy notions” from the University floating around my head, but I think that learning can be FUN!
Already, in my pre-service career, I have heard many ideas of how to be an “effective” teacher within the classroom. I’ve heard you always need to be smiling, I have been told I need to add more “pizazz” and “energy” into my lessons at points, and I’ve always thought, I’m being me… the students don’t need me to put on a show to make them want to learn IF I am teaching in a way they WANT to learn.
My grade 4s knew the ins and outs of what a cell looked like, because we created our own model of one. We did this in one lesson, and they still talk about it. That is excitement, and THAT is learning.
Like Tamara, I feel that I am low key, and I am NOT an entertainer, I also feel like I am too genuine a person to put on an act for my students (I know they would see through me in an instant). My belief is that if I do my job right, I don’t need bells, whistles and handstands to get my student’s attention. I also believe that my students can feel like we are having “fun”, and I’m ok with that because I know that learning is taking place!