It’s the morning after Halloween. My zombie students grunt as I greet them, “Good Morning”.
I spent the previous evening trick-or-treating with my son, so I’m a little tired too. I’m sure you have felt the same after a long night. And this isn’t my first post-Halloween classroom. So, the week before, during my planning, I decided that on November 1, I would begin my Thanksgiving Unit, making the day not so painful.
As hoped, the kids perked up, as they recorded what they already knew about the Pilgrims, and then discovered the true story from first- and second-hand accounts of the feast.
So no matter their post-Halloween blues, I enjoyed the day. And so did my students.
I’m sharing this story because I want you to think about how you can make tomorrow fun, for you and for your students.
Having fun as you teach is no superficial, short-term strategy. If you’re having fun, so are your students. Our mood influences each child’s day.
Think about this wonderful quote by a teacher, “I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather.”
So now take a moment to think about tomorrow’s classroom forecast. Think about the entire week. How could you make teaching fun for you? How can you make it feel like playing?
Could you share the fun of the season with the secret history of Thanksgiving? Could you motivate with something like a surprise Snow Day? Whatever season you may be in. . .there’s enjoyment in there somewhere!
On those mornings when I just can’t bear to ask another text-based question with class discussion, I pull out one of my fun strategies like baggage claim or a carousel walk.
What if it’s not about your content or strategy? What if you just wear your favorite outfit? Or eat your favorite food for breakfast? Or have your favorite refreshment handy all day?
The key factor is that you make your teaching day fun, and enjoying the teaching experience is one way we teachers can care for ourselves. We too often neglect our own needs.
Make teaching fun this week. Find fun even if only in your students’ smiles, like the girl up top. How will you make teaching tomorrow fun again?