Teaching can be fun!
It seems like everyone is aware of the pressures that teachers all over the country face on a day to day basis.
It’s because largely they are overworked and underpaid, exhausted from teaching kids during the day and late night marking once you get home not to mention simply carving out precious time to have a life outside of teaching!
And obviously, this is pretty accurate most of the time, but people regularly forget one thing; teaching can (and should) be fun!
No two days, or students, are the same
When walking into a classroom, teachers will not know what kind of day they are about to have. From kindergarten students up to high school students, no day or student will ever be the same as one another.
Each class will have a different feel and lessons will be vastly different depending on the student’s questions and interactions with their teacher on any given day. Not knowing how the day will pan out can be daunting, but this keeps the job feeling fresh.
Here are some key reasons teaching is so fun:
- Equally important, and highly rewarding, is getting to know each student: seeing how each one has progressed and what they have learned from your lessons.
- Understanding how different kids interpret your lessons can really help teachers to implement more fun activities and discussions which complement a teacher’s style as well.
- There is nothing more gratifying than to watch these young people find and nurture these talents.
- There are many times you will see that “eureka” moment happen in front of your eyes when a student finally understands the point you are trying to teach them, and it is a priceless feeling.
- Students can also be incredibly funny, insanely smart and multi-talented in the arts, sports or science.
- Never underestimate how much the students can also teach the teachers!
Teachers learn every day too
While no two days are the same, teaching practices can become quite dull if not switched up enough. There are, of course, necessary teaching skills and standards that must be adhered to and maintained, but there are also other types of teaching methods that can be implemented so that students do not become bored or complacent in class, as well as a number of ways to make lessons interesting. However, it is just as important to learn how different students and groups of students respond to these teaching methods to ensure everyone is benefiting from the lessons.
Teachers must learn what methods the students find engaging and respond best to, ensuring teachers are always willing to learn how to impart knowledge to their students in a way that the students will accept and react the most positively to. This is not an easy task by a long shot, but once you crack the code, the potential to have fun and enjoy the lessons along with the students rises significantly.
Students don’t respond better to “fun teachers” but to teachers who HAVE fun
There are always teachers who are described as “fun teachers” and many times that is because of the way they interact with their students; they are more lenient on students’ behavior and conduct in class, they may assign less homework or they are generally seen as not taking their job too seriously. These “fun teachers” rarely get students to interact appropriately in class and may well be the reason that your kids are not learning about those subjects adequately.
Here are some tips:
- By flipping the script and being the teacher that HAS fun in class the kids respond in a much more positive manner.
- Teachers that have a genuine passion for their chosen subject or find ways to show their enthusiasm for a topic tend to see their kids respond to this passion rather than become intimidated by it.
- Geeking out on a particular topic, for instance, a favorite poem in an anthology the students are studying from, can allow students to have a genuine question and answer session that not only allows the teacher to share information about themselves outside of teaching, but to impart some vital knowledge about the topic in a truly organic way.
So while teaching can be draining remember that it can be, and most importantly, should be, fun for teachers as well as kids.