Bringing joy to kids begins with bringing joy to the adults in the building.
Here are a few questions to make you think about bringing joy to the adults in your school?
- How important is joy to the learning process?
- What are you doing to bring joy to your staff?
- What are you doing to model joy as an essential part of professional development and adult learning?
- Does your "back to school" message start with joy or even include it at all?
Joy Accelerates Learning!
If we want students to grow, it starts with making learning a joyful process for our teachers first. If teachers don't view their learning as a fun, interactive and exhilarating experience, there is a strong chance that the kids won't either. It is important to remember that student growth will only come with teacher growth; thus student joy comes with teacher joy. Furthermore we must always remember the following.
No teacher joy = No student joy.
No teacher learning = No student learning.
Bring Joy back to your "Back to School"
Here are a few suggestions to bring fun back into your "back to school" routine.
- Spice up your staff development with goofy competitions
- Roll out the Red Carpet at Registration and get lots of pictures of teachers interacting with parents and students.
- Make music a part of your school. Pick positive and uplifting music and play it in the classrooms and in the hallways.
- Make an effort to give every teacher several fist bumps every day.
- Tweet out pictures of your teachers working together.
- Periscope professional learning and collaboration.
- Celebrate teachers who have gone above and beyond in their learning this summer.
- Lift up educators who have overcome obstacles or difficult situations.
If we want learning to be a joyful experience for our kids, then it starts by making learning and working together a joyful experience for our teachers and staff. Let's do it for them and in turn we will do it for the kids when they come back in the following weeks.