The other day a friend posted a video on Facebook. Although I usually do not watch videos, this one started when I scrolled by. It was very funny and I could hardly stop laughing! After I stopped laughing, I began thinking about how enjoyment can enhance every aspect of our lives. In general, people participate in activities they enjoy.
At Columbia School District our teachers use learning strategies that use enjoyment to enhance academic goals and objectives. Our students benefit from receiving instruction from individuals who are creative and use positive experiences to boost the end result of their classroom activities. Earlier in the school year Mrs. Wright challenged her class to read enough books and earn scores of at least 1,000 points in the Accelerated Reader program. If her entire class could achieve the 1,000 goal, their reward would be having Sadie, Mrs. Wright’s dog, come in for a visit.
The big day when Sadie came to visit happened last week. Not only did the students enjoy having Sadie visit, they used their improved reading skills to read with her. They also used their math abilities to graph which students had dogs at their home and told funny dog jokes, such as, “Why did the dog not talk back to his foot? Answer: Because it’s disrespectful to talk back to your Paw!”
During Sadie’s visit the students had an opportunity to take her for a walk in the cool fresh air. In addition they collaborated with a service learning project happening at Columbia Upper Elementary School and did an advertisement for the Cascades Humane Society. Their experience learning and working with Sadie helped make the school service project of collecting supplies for the Cascades Humane society a reality. Mrs. Wright’s students had a great time and they smiled all day during their enjoyable, fun-filled experience!
At Columbia, our teachers work with their students to tie enjoyable activities to academic skill building experiences that lead to success. If you are interested in learning how your students could participate in Columbia’s great educational environment, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 5175926641.