Friday Thoughts: Have Fun at Work Day
Yesterday was National Have Fun at Work Day (yes, it really exists), but I hope most days are Have Fun at Work Days for us. When we’re excited about learning, our students get excited about it, too. I see it all the time as I walk the halls and step into classrooms. Every day I see students who are engaged in learning activities like read-alouds, science labs, art projects, vivid history lessons, and difficult math problems— and usually an enthusiastic teacher is right beside them, actively involved in the learning.
In his book What Great Teachers Do Differently, Todd Whitaker shares this:
I knew a teacher who taught fifth grade for 38 years. She was absolutely phenomenal— the teacher you wish your own children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews could have. Her spark and energy never gave out. One day I asked her how she managed to stay inspired. She replied, “This is my 38th year teaching fifth grade, but for these students, it’s the first time around.”
I hope we all have the same spirit about teaching— no matter how many years we’ve been doing it. Our students deserve our best every single day.
Have fun today. Stay inspired and keep inspiring!