Consider the 15 year old human sitting in your classroom. What will they really remember from your outstanding orations, alarming activities, and tremendous tests? Not much really. Or at least not as much as you might think. Oh yes, there will be those moments from your classroom that will forever be etched into their brain. For example, I remember the day a bird flew into my high school English class. Unfortunately, we were not reading a Dr. Doolittle story. I am pretty sure the teacher's lesson plan did not include "bird enters stage left".
What then should we do? We must help create a series of positive learning memories for our students which will drive them to want more. Creating a classroom where this occurs must become our passion. Learning must regain its place next to 'exhaustingly fun', 'rigorously exciting', and 'lifelong'.
Note: Strategic placement of commas and periods have been used in this blog post.