Love of the Game

Mar 9, 2015 | by Janice Smith

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Lauren Berry, YES Prep North Central

We love partnering with schools and networks in building the library.  Mostly because the art and science of teaching is still not perfected, and we (here at Mission 100%) know only what we’ve studied, read and watched.  We completely accept that this knowledge is constantly evolving, and by partnering with networks and schools engaged in this same learning process we come to a better understanding of what excellence looks like in different places, and where these visions overlap.

Right now through a project we’re working on with KIPP Metro Atlanta (lots of new footage will be coming soon!), we’ve been spending a lot of time with the KIPP Framework for Excellent Teaching.  This week we’re going to use one of our favorite tags from the KFET, called Love of the Game (or KFET2.5- Joy as some of you KIPPsters may know it).  It doesn’t get better than this.  When a teacher exudes a love of teaching and learning through facial expressions, tone and actions, smiles and laughs regularly, brings humor and zest to the work of teaching and learning, and creates opportunities in the day for students to smile, laugh and be expressive.*

While there are certainly more obvious examples we could have picked for this week’s Video of the Week, we LOVE this video from Lauren Berry’s 12th grade AP classroom specifically because we rarely see examples of what Joy should look like with students that are 17-19 years old.  In fact, we think this one is more interesting because of the way it displays the last point… ‘creating opportunities in the day for students to smile, laugh and BE EXPRESSIVE’.  

We’d love to hear your thoughts.  Feel free to add them below!


*Taken directly from the KFET.
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