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Has Education Lost Its Joy? Watch Dean Shareski’s TEDTalks Video

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. 

2 Responses

  1. Mercedes Poyntz

    Great video! Thank you for sharing. You are one of those loving educators who brings joy into the classroom on a daily basis 🙂

    • Trista Lanette Pollard

      Thank you Mercedes! I thought it was great video given all of the testing we have done this year.