“Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda
“Much to learn, you still have.” – Yoda
Today marks the first day of school for my English students and me. Countless teachers are pinching themselves, thinking, “Was summer break just something I dreamed?” and countless students are mourning the loss of their unlimited video game time. But foremost on a teacher’s mind is the big question in education: “How will I inspire my students this year?”
In my years of teaching I’ve discovered a simple way to ensure that your students will leave your classroom feeling energized, inspired, and motivated to learn. I call it The Fun Principle, and here it is:
Your students will only have as much fun as you have.
If material bores you to tears, then I can promise you the students will feel the same way. On the other hand, if you find a way to teach material that you find interesting and exciting, that energy will catch on!
This year I decorated my English classroom in Star Wars memorabilia. Do all my students love Star Wars? No, but it makes me happy – and if I’m having fun I know the students will end up laughing at me and having a good time in spite of themselves.
This year, cheaters will have to face Lord Vader…
My young Padawans – ahem, I mean students – will learn how powerful education truly is…
And those who claim they tried on a writing assignment that just isn’t very good will have to face the wisdom of Yoda (Do or do not, there is no try). Yep – they’ll have to write it all over again (I love that little green pal of mine!)
Fellow teachers, let’s make it a great year. Find ways to have fun while teaching, and your students will begin to enjoy learning!