Could fun be the enemy of learning?
I’ve not always being the curmudgeonly killjoy I am today. Some years ago, I took part in a department meeting where we were asked to prioritise those qualities we most valued about teaching. We came up with all the tiresomely worthy answers you might expect, but, somewhat controversially, I insisted on including ‘fun’. The case I made went something like this: I don’t teach for the money, I do it because I enjoy it. So, having fun must be at the centre of what I do in the classroom. It wasn’t even (or just) about the kids having fun: it was all about me. And to an extent I can still just about follow this tortured logic. I mean, who doesn’t like having fun?