"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 CoolMath.com 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.)