Joy is a crucial part of the human experience. From its numerous health and wellness benefits to its ability to increase students’ aptitudes and skills, joy can cause physical and mental responses. For children to enjoy its benefits, educators must be open to incorporating joyful, playful moments into students’ day-to-day routines. Here’s what that could look like.
Joy Positively Impacts Learning
Students Can Learn How to Cultivate Joy Within Themselves
In addition to their regular curriculum, students also learn about themselves during school. They’re figuring out how they learn best, what subjects interest them the most, and what brings them joy. Knowing this, they can learn how to foster happiness within themselves to keep their joy going, especially when it is integrated into their activities on campus.
What Can Educators Do?
Allow Students to Embrace the Power of Discovery
Engage in Identity-Based Activities
School-age children are finding out who they are. As students participate in identity-based projects, they can safely explore who they are and allow themselves to be recognized by others. When others appreciate their identities, they can build healthy self-esteem and cultivate a sense of belonging. This in turn, leads to lasting joy.
Make Space for Play
Playful moments, such as morning recess and lunch, have the power to compound students’ joy even more. When they can take a break from the classroom and expand their horizons, they can watch their mood, behavior, and learning improve.
By giving students options and helping them build lasting connections with their peers, educators can cultivate joy in the classroom while also teaching students how to cultivate it within themselves. After all, happy students make the best learners.