Part I: Fun & Excitement is one of three Conditions students consistently tell us gets them actively engaged in their lessons. We do an exercise with teachers where we have them make two lists: One of things they do they find fun and exciting and one with things they do that are dull and boring. We then look for common elements. The former fun lists involve interacting with other people (parties, playing games), being physically active (rock climbing, sports), being outside (hiking, gardening), and having choices (picking a movie). The latter lame lists involve being alone in a crowd (waiting in a line), being stuck inside (because of weather), doing repetitive tasks (ironing), doing required work (cleaning, laundry). Then we ask: "Which of these two lists look more like what we ask students to do each day in school?" Admittedly it's a bit of a "Gotcha."
Part II: I learned in Teaching 101 that you should never teach a class outside no matter how nice the weather or how much the students beg. It's too difficult to maintain focus, there are too many distractions, and it is too difficult to be heard. When I was teaching (pre-QISA) I never taught a class outside--not when I taught in high school, college, or grad school.
Part IV: When I retire back to teaching, I can't wait to go outside!
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