|My daughters at the Walt Disney World Resort|
Well, this weeks as I walked into that school I mentioned, I noticed how awesome it was decorated. The cafeteria was totally decked out. It had wreaths, a fully adorned Christmas tree, and a fireplace. It reminded me of a hot chocolate shop at the North Pole. Students had gathered in there to eat breakfast and to talk to friends before school. They were smiling, laughing and seemed to be really enjoying themselves. I am going to come right out and say it, “They looked like they were happy to be at school.”
|Cafeteria at Perry Heights Middle School in Evansville, IN|
Our lessons need to continue that same theme as well. Is your lesson one that you would enjoy sitting through? Would it hold your attention and keep you engaged? Is it one that would spark your curiosity and creativity? Is the lesson one that would make you want to know more about the topic? Is your lesson one that would make you want to keep coming back for more? If you answered “No” to any of these questions, it might be time for that lesson to get an update, an overhaul, or a complete rebuild.
How can we expect students to come to school and do their best if they do not feel good about where they are or if they do not want to even be there? The same is true about your workplace. Perhaps you have had jobs or maybe even have a job now that you are not crazy about. I would say part of the reason you do not like it is because of its environment. This can include the way that everyone does or does not work well together. For a school, this can include the relationship between administrators and teachers. For students, it is that student and teacher rapport and relationship. Do your students feel welcome?
|My Colleague Tim Wilhelmus|
Back to my title, “Would you enjoy your class?” This is something to think about and maybe make some changes. If you are interested in reading my colleague, Tim Wilhelmus's blog, I highly recommend it. His blog is http://playgroundadvocate.blogspot.com/ and the posts are in his September and October archives. They are titled "Lessons from WDW." There are five parts. Please check them out!
|Principal Charles Goodman|
I also want to thank Charles Goodman, principal at Perry Heights Middle School in Evansville, IN, for creating an awesome and inviting environment in his school. He was also my 8th grade art teacher and my inspiration for writing today’s post.