The television show Grey’s Anatomy has made the word “seriously” a go-to word when shocked, surprised, angry, etc. as seen in this video:
I’ve even been known to use it myself, so when a friend sent me the following pictures I started thinking about the concept of the word serious and its connotations regarding the field of education.
These pictures show a different kind of airline, don’t they? The labeling on the plane reminds me of primary elementary classrooms where the teacher labels everything, and the classroom itself becomes a functional word wall…desk, chair, television, computer, etc.
These are photos of a South African plane belonging to Kulula Airlines.
To say they do things different at Kulula is an understatement. Here are a few statements you might hear if you are a Kulula passenger:
On a Kulula flight, (there is no assigned seating, you just sit where you want) passengers were apparently having a hard time choosing, when a flight attendant announced, “People, people we’re not picking out furniture here, find a seat and get in it!”
From a Kulula employee: ” Welcome aboard Kulula 271 to Port Elizabeth. To operate your seat belt, insert the metal tab into the buckle, and pull tight. It works just like every other seat belt; and, if you don’t know how to operate one, you probably shouldn’t be out in public unsupervised.”
“As you exit the plane, make sure to gather all of your belongings. Anything left behind will be distributed evenly among the flight attendants. Please do not leave children or spouses.”
So, where am I going with this?
Flying planes and delivering people where they need to on time and safely is very serious business. Yet, Kulula has decided to go about their serious business in a non-serious way.
It seems to me that you can be involved in a serious field of work such as education, but you should never lose your joy…your passion…because understanding the humorous side of your profession is what helps you to communicate, and communication is key when attempting to deliver content.
Teaching should be fun, and if it is…then learning will be as well.
Looking at things in an entertaining and fun way motivates and builds a love for learning and teaching.
It just seems that THAT should be the primary strategy used by educators.