Article 3 “Joy in School”
EDU 211: The Child and His/ Her World
For the past years, teachers all across America have been pressured to teach their students to perform well in test and state exams. With all this pressure put on students and teachers, they have lost the joy in school. In the article, “Joy in School,” by Steven Wolk, points out how joy has been lost and explains techniques teachers can use to bring it back in school. Within my paper I am going to summarize, point out five significant points, as well as my reactions: likes and dislikes about the article. The author opens up the article by introducing two quotes. The first quote is by John Deway’s Experience and Education (1938): “What avail is it to win
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In the conclusion of the article, the author pointed out that teachers as well have lost the joy in teaching. I personally believe that that should have been the first thing he should have mentioned. As teachers our attitude and behaviors towards school impacts our students by causing a lifelong learning mind-set. (Molk, 2008) By modeling done by the teacher, enthusiasm for learning can be caught, not learned. Teachers must enter the school day knowing the students will be given opportunities to experience joy through learning. I too believe that joy in learning is a very important quality that all learners should have and I will incorporate it within my classroom in the future. Joy should be placed back in school. Within my paper I have summarized the article, “Joy in School,” by Steven Wolk, pointed out how joy has been lost and explained techniques teachers can use to bring joy back in schools, pointed out five significant points, as well as my reactions: likes and dislikes about the article. I hope by reading my paper that you too are eager to put the joy back into learning in our schools.
An Encyclopedia Britannica Company. (2012), definition of Joy Retrieved on February 13, 2012, [ http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/joy]
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