“I don’t love studying. I hate studying. I like learning. Learning is beautiful.”
I was so disheartened last night after a twitter conversation with @tesbehaviour that I fancied crawling under the bedcovers, only resurfacing for flapjacks and custard creams – the two best things in the world.
I didn’t do that, of course, tempting as it was but I did have a cup of tea with custard creams – any excuse.
A well – respected educational resource with a large following said “learning can’t always be fun.” Five trigger words that makes me want to leap onto my moral horse and gallop into the teaching battlefield screaming ‘Infidels! Fun Learning War!’
I am a realist. I do realise that not every lesson will be a roller coaster of rip – roaring laughter. We are teachers, not stand-up comedians. So it is important to realise ‘fun’ doesn’t just mean mucking about.
‘Fun’ is defined as something that brings pleasure or enjoyment.’ Synonyms are; interesting, engaging, & gratifying.
Surely that is exactly what learning should be?!
To argue students misbehave because they are bored or think its funny is missing the point. Pupils shouldn’t be bored or having to seek their amusement elsewhere. Lessons that engage, interest and gratify students demonstrate that education and school has tangible value. And when we value something, we pay attention and work hard.
It doesn’t take much energy, time, planning or imagination to make learning fun and yes, this includes even so – called ‘difficult’ subjects like Maths or Science. See Lesson Starters, Revision Games & Creative A – Maps for some quick & adaptable ideas.
What we learn with pleasure, we never forget.