A couple of weeks ago, I overheard a few third grade boys talking about Minecraft in the cafeteria. I was really intrigued and decided to ask them a few questions. They were soooo excited to tell me about Minecraft that I invited them to have lunch with me in my office to learn more about it. Minecraft has been around for a few years but the educational experiences that come from experiencing Minecraft seem to be gaining new life. I’ve always wanted to learn more about it so I figured why not have the experts in the field teach me. Yes, these third graders are experts and passionate about Minecraft. Their vivid language, vocabulary and examples of how to play the game went way beyond what I could master in one setting, I was in awe and as a result, we have decided to meet once a week so they can continue to teach me. The only problem is that it started off with four boys, but a few more boys heard about it as well as a few girls. What started off as a small lunch club has the potential to grow into something amazing! What a great problem to have...I just have to figure out how to make it work!
What are your students passionate about? Have you taken the time to ask them about their favorite joyful learning experiences? Remember - you do not need to be an expert in everything- what can you learn from the experts in your class?