Saturday, October 10, 2009

The Fun Theory...

"The best way to teach someone is to make them believe they are learning something else." Randy Pausch (The Last Lecture -- more that 10 million views.)

And make it fun! Like taking the stairs...

I carry this theory into the classroom. Learning is fun, and since I want my classroom to be a learning zone, I make sure to add some fun into the daily mix. I've borrowed some ideas from including an activity I call Survivor Math. (We even have fun during math!)

Fun is a great motivator. People will take the stairs, learn math, and some people even marry for love... and fun. One thing I love about my wife? She makes me laugh. We have fun.

Things are better when they are fun. That's my theory. (And I'm not alone.)

(Special thanks to Rawan over at Rawan's Random Thoughts for sharing the piano stairs video.)


  1. That is an awesome idea! What a fun way to go up and down the stairs. Fun is a terrific motivator. I bet your students look forward to see what you'll come up with next :)

  2. I saw that video! those look fun!!!
    Fun is a great motivator. I envy your students, they have a teacher that actually wants to make things fun for them.... (:

  3. You must be a wonderful teacher, Don. You seem to put so much heart into everything. I agree that couples that have fun together stay together. Mac makes me laugh a lot too.

  4. @September: If I had a two story house... jk. This staircase was sponsored by VW. Go bugs!

    @We_the_pieces: Well I envy your teachers. Hope your English teacher creates a learning zone for you this year. Miss your poetry!

    @Deedee: Ahh shucks. I have a hand-made poster in my classroom that says, "Reach for the stars." I try to create a "stellar" program. If I miss, at least I can be lunar... or loony... or above average... or at least: thoroughly adequate! I do believe in being whole-hearted... even in my humor. ;-)

  5. I need those stairs in my apt.

  6. @Saphron: Just pretend... and sing while you step!