Thursday, January 1, 2015

At the End of Everything #24

The Lord of the Class was an experiment, my attempt to make the class more interesting. When I first started work, I noticed that students in my class hated every single bit of studying. They were always more interested in their games rather than their homework. To them, the way the education system is structured, from the lectures in class to the homework given, seemed like a chore that they terribly hated. 

One can easily see how the two elicit different responses in their face. They would always light up when discussing about what levels and items they were going to get in their game but quickly turned moodless and dull when they talked about the homework that they had.

Education should not be like this, I thought to myself. The pursuit of knowledge should be fun instead of boring, but somehow we seemed to have screw something up somewhere. I loved playing computer games too, so I could relate to my students struggles. The gaming industry spends a lot of money and effort to keep their clients happy over their product, so why can’t we, the educators, try to at least learn something from the gaming industry in making our students love studying as well? 

I brought my reasoning to the principal, who seemed to like the idea a lot. “Surprise the school,” he said at the end of my presentation. Listening to his encouragement got my passion burning. So I went to work on the project immediately. Knowing that Miss Tan would most probably oppose the project, I did not bother to tell her. She was conventional in her methods, and hated new changes. She even hated the new whiteboard because she preferred chalk and blackboards.  The principal did not mention about telling her, so I conveniently left that out.

I gave the project the name ‘The Lord of the Class’, inspired by the Lord of the Rings series. The name sounded catchy too. I wanted it to be as much as an adventure to the students, just like what the characters in the book experienced. It has to be something that they enjoy. If things go well, perhaps I could get them to start reading the actual books too.

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