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  •  We must admit that learning can't always be fun. (4+ / 0-)
    1. I want learning to be fun, or if not fun at least as another person mentioned captivating. For me math and science classes were the least interesting, when in fact they should have been the most interesting. As I near 40 I've kicked myself literally thousands of times I never paid attention in those classes.

    As much as I tend to agree with #1, part of our problem in education is an expectation that learning must be fun.  

    Sometimes, learning is hard.  Learning is challenging.  Learning means taking something new and fitting it into the existing structure of thoughts within the brain.  Learning can be uncomfortable.  

    Learning can have fun moments.  But our students (and their parents) should not come to the classroom with the unrealistic expectations of fun all the time.  Preparing students for future careers is more important than making sure the students are "entertained".

    Students need to be encouraged to persevere when a topic gets boring or difficult.  This is an important life skill.

    A college intern who worked for me in a laboratory for one summer came to me and said, "okay, I already know how to wash glassware, and I already know how to processes samples and run the gas chromatograph, so you need to give me some work that is more interesting."  This was after less than a week.  What expectations!!!

    Impeachment is a duty, not an option that can be taken off the table.

    by bushondrugs on Wed Mar 04, 2009 at 07:22:54 AM PST

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    •  But in the early stages, it should be fun. (2+ / 0-)
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      Heiuan, algebrateacher

      Until students get to the level where they can participate in their own instruction, it should be fun.  They should want to read, and want to explore the library, if only for story time.

      Then later on, when algebra and biology peek their heads up, there is a foundation that allows the students to know where to find answers to their questions out of the classroom.  Without that foundation, it gets too frustrating, and IMHO that's when the problems occur.

      (-8.50, -7.54) Only the educated are free. -Epictetus

      by Tin hat mafia on Wed Mar 04, 2009 at 07:33:10 AM PST

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