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Community Manager at Edutopia

One of the interesting things

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One of the interesting things about long-term happiness is that it really depends on healthy relationships between all the participants involved. That's why Essential #1 is so important. Well, they're all important, but community building and SEL are the starting places--they prepare the ground for happiness in the classroom.

Director, Antioch Center for School Renewal

Hi Jane- You wrote: " I

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Hi Jane-

You wrote: " I reached the last straw yesterday when one of them came to me and said it is wrong to teach young children that Friday is our favorite day of the week. We should be saying, "we can't wait to see you back on Monday" instead. It sucked the joy right out of me, and in response I just called the bus numbers and nothing else. I wanted to cry when kids and teachers alike came and said, "why didn't you play the Friday song?" I'm just wondering what other teachers think about this. How would you respond if you were me?"

While I don't know about the culture of your school, I think this is something worth talking about as a learning community. Do you have PLCs or CFGs that could be used as a mechanism for further discussion? Could it be part of a faculty meeting conversation? Have you discussed it with your administrator? There may be a way to arrive at a win-win, with a balance between what others would call "fluff" and what you would call "fun." (And there's no reason you can't say both "hooray it's Friday!" and "We can't WAIT to see you again on Monday!")

Let us know what happens, okay- but don't just be sad. Use this as a platform for a conversation about how you all can work together to build community.

Good luck!

Project manager, Conscious Dimensions LLC.

Jane, Stick to it! You are

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Jane,
Stick to it! You are spreading joy, joyous communication. let those grumpy folk get over it. I think it means more that there were those teachers who asked "where did the joyous communication go?". Love you for doing this! keep it up!

Computer Technology Teacher

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I thoroughly agree on the value of building happiness in our school community. Sorry.. Didn't realize this posted 3 times. Here's my dilemma. I teach in a K and 1 school with about 400 students. My duty at dismissal time involves calling the bus numbers over the loudspeaker. Rather than be dry and boring with this, I have been interjecting things like, "did you have a great day today?" And "give yourselves a 10-finger woo!" On Fridays I say, "it's our favorite day of the week! Are you ready to sing?" And I play a 30-second clip of a kid's song, "I'm so happy it's Friday." The kids love it. The trouble is a handful of teachers feel this is disruptive and don't want me to do any "fluff." I reached the last straw yesterday when one of them came to me and said it is wrong to teach young children that Friday is our favorite day of the week. We should be saying, "we can't wait to see you back on Monday" instead. It sucked the joy right out of me, and in response I just called the bus numbers and nothing else. I wanted to cry when kids and teachers alike came and said, "why didn't you play the Friday song?" I'm just wondering what other teachers think about this. How would you respond if you were me?

co-founder I am Bullyproof Music

Love this! Full of truth! I

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Love this! Full of truth!

I would throw in: "Add humor whenever possible " as a way to keep a classroom happy and productive. In my own experience, if I can make my students laugh? I own them :-) They are now ready to learn.

I agree, Lisa! Happy Students

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I agree, Lisa! Happy Students = Happy Teachers! As teachers, we need to create an environment where our students feel secure because this will bring interest and learning.

Mom of 4 multiple aged students, Masters Student

I also agree that happiness

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I also agree that happiness and learning go hand in hand. When students want to go to school because of the positive experiences that they have there, it is a win-win situation for students and teachers alike. When a teacher desires to get to school to excitedly deliver his or her planned out and reflected upon lessons, it provides a positive atmosphere for all involved. Great thoughts!

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Great post! Happiness and

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Great post! Happiness and learning are so connected. Thank you also for sharing the research. We are writing on similar topic and mentioned this post! http://edtosavetheworld.wordpress.com

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I most definitely agree that both happiness and learning go hand in hand. I feel that what you put into the learning environment is exactly what you get out. Therefore, when the teacher creates a positive atmosphere and is optimistic about learning and encourages his/her students to be just as upbeat, that positive demeanor will exude from all who enter. As I've seen from some of the other fellow bloggers, happy students=happy teachers!

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I completely agree with the focus on happiness and engagement. And I appreciate the recommendations for creating an engaging classroom. However, I hesitate to say that posting student work is "simple and easy." I believe it requires the same level of thoughtfulness that any other form of communication requires. I too often see teachers simply paper the walls with student work as an affirmation to students, but then leave it up long past the point that anyone "sees" it anymore. Then it becomes the visual equivalent of "background noise" and students value it less, and thus value work on the walls less. Think of an art gallery with the same work on the walls every time you visit, or the prints that have been on the walls of your dentist's office for the past decade. As a teacher, if I want my students to value the work displayed, I need to make an intentional plan to change the displays to correspond with what is happening in the classroom, and to actually use the work to inform the classroom discussion. And when it ceases to have validity, change it up. I also believe that the way work is displayed sends a message as to its value, so it is important to hang it neatly and carefully in a location where it is easy to see. This approach will ensure that students see their work as a valuable contribution to the learning community. Thanks for an inspiring article.

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