Our school year is about thirty-four weeks. During nine of those weeks, my colleagues and I guided our students through the maze of standardized testing. By the time we had reached the third week of PARCC, I was convinced that we had lost the joy in education. I always believed my goal was to make learning fun and to create an environment where my students were excited about learning. Unfortunately, it was tough to accomplish that goal this year.
Missing the Joy in Education
Our days, starting in January, were filled with schedules and practice sessions. Once we approached the final stretch of PARCC, my colleagues and I had testing fatigue. I could only imagine how the students felt.
I was happy to find this video! It restored my faith that I can add more joy into my classroom in spite of the extra weeks of standardized testing. We need to have joy in education, so our students can experience the joy of learning.
Check out “Whatever Happened to Joy in Education?” by Dean Shareski at TEDxWestVancouverED. You will not be disappointed.