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While I was preparing for the video, I had realized that there were many small things I started doing this semester that helped me feel less stressed out. For example, I have made a habit of singing random jingles I create that give students directions for when they enter class. I will also perform small bits of bad dancing to show students how excited I am to teach the day's lesson. More importantly, I have created a series of online activities for students that use different online videos and platforms. Creating the levels and activities was a fun way for me to apply my Master's Degree in K-12 Instructional Technology. My students and I have enjoyed the activities so much, that I plan to create a more organized, sophisticated set of activities for my next chapter on polynomials.
Last Friday, I made a post to the Project Cam Opener Community, asking the question,How can you/do you embrace fun in your position on a daily basis?" Below is the video I recorded.
While much of my fun comes form my classroom, I have prioritized other activities related to my teaching practice that help me embrace fun. I create my Math, Tech, and Teaching Podcast and post to this blog in order to express my creativity and passion for teaching in a digital age. I occasionally participate in the sparkchat #BFC530 to engage with like-minded educators from around the world. I plan to attend #edcampdenver on Saturday to hang out with other teachers and share my learning. I am excited to play Classcraft in my classroom. In a profession where the 'to do list' is never ending, it is important to find opportunities that elicit joy and bring out the best version of ourselves as teachers. What do you do to prioritize fun for you and your teaching practice? Please share in the comments below!
Mattea Juengel is a passionate educator dedicated to improving instruction by utilizing technology. This blog is dedicated to reflections on educational technology tools.