Creating the Classroom Conditions for the Best Day Ever
Lately, I have become a little obsessed with idea of the best day ever. It is undeniable obvious when you see someone have or experience for yourself a peak experience: succeeding with a difficult, seemingly impossible task; getting a unexpected, amazing gift; finishing or winning a competitive event (depending on your goal); being given accolades for a personal accomplishment. I personally perceive it as a coming together or congruence of the mind, heart, body, and spirit where all of them are present in the moment and fulfilled. It translates into experiencing a flow state.
So this has led to me thinking how educators can create the conditions for learners to have and exclaim, “This is the best day ever!” Whoever said or made up the rules that school should be serious, boring, or painful? The institutions and places where learning takes place should be joyful and exciting places.
Strategies to help facilitate learners having the best day ever:
- Build on learner interests and passions
- Involve learners in the what and how of instruction
- Use whole body and hands-on learning
- Allow learners to work with others if they choose
- Embed seemingly unreachable challenges
- Encourage and acknowledge a broad range of emotions
- Celebrate both effort and success
- Respect the process – creating the best day ever takes time
- Respect the process – let go of the need to create the best day ever
We cannot predict nor force learners to have the best day ever but we can set up the conditions to increase its possibility.
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