Don't Be Afraid to be a Goof -Ball for Your Class

Staff Infection- Take Me Down to the JME from Mr. Stortz on Vimeo.
Mr. Stortz (Sledge on drums) and the rest of Staff Infection rock the house for the end of the year celebration!

I'm a big believer in being a goof -ball at school. First of all, I just want to have some fun. Being one of four guys at an elementary school can drive me crazy sometimes. Being goofy and a little over the top helps me to cope with all of the, uh. . . femininity.

Second, I think it's important for the students to see teachers have fun. It makes you more of a real person. I think we do our students a disservice when we present a one dimensional, teacher mode only personality. Students need to see us experience a spectrum of life's emotions. These experiences can open students up in a way that nothing else can.

Humor is especially effective at breaking down walls and engaging students. I love to see a shy kid chuckle when I do a bad English accent to pronounce a word. A wig can go a long way to engaging a class in a character study. My teacher friend, Mike, and I goof around all the time about crazy fictional things we are going to do, and always in earshot of our classes.

My school had their monthly "Fan Jam' celebration on the second to the last day of school. The video above is a goof -ball song that I and the other three guys at our school performed. It was a great way to end the year. The students can't wait to come back!