How to break away from the mundane

I have to admit something: Between grad school, lesson planning, a social life (yes, I still think it’s important to have one), and remaking my notes and videos to align with the NC Essential Standards AND the Next Generation Science Standards (because I’m cool like that) I really haven’t had a lot of extra energy to make every day in class fun and exciting. Don’t get me wrong! Most days are exciting for students. Science is one of those subjects that just lends itself to having a blast while learning (and it doesn’t take a whole lot to tip that scale). But, I’ve lately found myself just OK with my lesson delivery.

So, the question is simple: How do you get out of a rut and break away from the mundane? I have a thought about that, actually! My suggestion is very simple: Use the world around you to spark interest in your classroom.

Today is a prime example. It’s HALLOWEEN! Today, while my kiddos are working on a mapping activity dealing with NC’s energy resources we’re listening to the Halloween Party station on Pandora. We started with the Hipster Halloween station, but the kiddos just couldn’t handle it. Wimps.

I cannot tell you how engaged they are, while still having fun. It’s just SO worth it to set up a fun-loving, high-expectations environment. As (reluctant) adults we need to model to our students that life can be productive, fulfilling, and fun.

Otherwise, what’s the point?

Also, a special shout out to a highlight from my childhood. Nothing in this universe will stop me from watching this tonight:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UUMsInka2s

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I have a unique perspective on teaching. As a young guy, I still have that “world is my oyster” perspective on life, so I am more than willing to try new things in the pursuit of happiness. I have always been a naturally happy person and don’t shy away from trying to make others see that it’s easy to be happy! Thus, the blog you’re reading. The main impetus for actually putting all the work in to getting this blog up and running? A coworker stopped me in the hall one day and actually reprimanded me for being so smiley all the time. They actually said that I shouldn’t be so happy as a teacher! My response? Screw that! I SHOULD be happy. I now smile at that coworker EVERY time I see them…and usually say something like, “Isn’t this such great day to be a teacher?!” They don’t usually smile back… Don’t be like them.

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