Share the Joy

Fun from the top by Anderson Silva
Fun from the top by Anderson Silva (via Flickr)

EduCon 2.3 - January 28-30, 2011I’m slated to conduct a session at EduCon 2.3 next weekend titled Sharing the Joy. During the time that the RFP was open I was really down about the state of education and where it seems to be headed in our country. How could one not be, right? While things were (and still are) being painted publicly as being so bad in schools, I wondered how teachers and students make it through the days, weeks and semesters together? So, it gave me an idea to lead a discussion around sharing what makes teaching and learning enjoyable. Simple, really. There are so many wonderful teachers around that surely a group of them can assemble at EduCon and share how they bring about joy in school. How to bring about joy in school? Now, that’s something I hope you’ll want to write home about.

Here’s the description (subject to edits):

We know that student enjoyment of school leads to better student learning. Through conversation and sharing of experiences, environments and communities of learning we will uncover the strategies and dispositions of teaching and learning that make school enjoyable and meaningful for all.

Since EduCon is about educational conversation here is my, initital, conversational practice (subject to other ideas):

Collaborative documentation in a yet-to-be-determined collaborative space online will be used to guide and capture the learning from this session. Attitudes, mindsets, dispositions, strategies necessary for creating experiences, environments and communities for enjoyable learning will be shared and captured.

There’s no rule that we can’t start now, so I wonder…

  • What was your life like as a student?
  • What do you bring to teaching that makes learning enjoyable in your class?
  • How and what do you celebrate with students? Teachers?

I’d be thrilled if you can make it in some way, shape or form.

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  1. Sadly, I recall little joy in my K-11 (Quebecer) school experience. If there was any joy to be found, it certainly wasn’t in the classroom (that I can recall). The exception to that might be found in my sixth grade classroom where we had a teacher who was personable, exhibited joyful learning himself, knew that it was okay to have fun and learn, enjoyed being curious, and worked to create a classroom community rather than simply a room full of desks and warm bodies to control.

    Great topic for a conversation at Educon.

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