When Student Enthusiasm Fades, Teacher Enthusiasm Must Soar


Remember all of those first day smiles filled with the anticipation of the first day of school that you witnessed in the faces of your students?  Remember their excitement as they met new friends?  Recall the joy of seeing their new classroom, new books, and so much more?

If only that excitement of the first day of school could last the duration of the entire school year.  

However, very quick the realization of the work ahead sets in for many students.  Daily work, quizzes, tests, projects, and essays soon appear and the joy turns to thoughts of being overwhelmed.  

For students, parents, and teachers alike the excitement soon turns to the grind.

As teachers, it is imperative that our enthusiasm for our calling remains steady.  Instead of looking inside themselves for enthusiasm, students will soon look to us to build up the anticipation for what is ahead.

Being an enthusiastic teacher means you are genuine and passionate about what you are teaching.  Being an enthusiastic teacher means you are deliberate with your planing and execution of lessons throughout the school year.  Finally, being an enthusiastic teacher means you have a classroom who respects you and the rules and procedures that you have put in place.

Without these things, enthusiasm falls flat.  

Dr. Marzano in The Highly Engaged Classroom states, “A teacher can communicate a positive demeanor through demonstrating enthusiasm and intensity, both of which have been associated with student engagement and achievement. Clearly, relationships students have with the teacher have a profound effect on their perceptions of being welcomed, accepted, and supported, which helps establish an affective tone that promotes student encouragement.”

Ron Clark, one of the most enthusiastic teachers I have ever met, reflects, “When I teach children, I put my whole soul into it. I know I have a short time to make an impact that will last a lifetime, and I don’t want to waste one second.”

One final encouragement the next time you are searching for that motivation to do what you do.  From 2 Thessalonians 2, “ But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.  He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.  So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings[c] we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.  May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.”

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