Reasons I love to teach # 10

Kids Have School Spirit

Not all kids.  And not at all schools. But one of the many joys of teaching at Valley Christian High School is the fact that so many kids do actually love their school and participate during Spirit Week.  Participation looks like wearing crazy outfits every day of the week and being loud and obnoxious and wild and crazy without any fear of judgment during the pep assemblies.  It’s so fun to see so many teenagers who aren’t “too cool” to yell for their school.  In fact, it’s the ones who refuse to join in who are looked down upon.

Don’t believe me?

I was one of the judges for the cheering competitions this year and captured some of the craziness:

Pretty intense, right?

And here’s my favorite shot of the day:

All this for the bragging rights of being the loudest class.

Somewhere along the way, we lose this kind of energy and enthusiasm.  We stop screaming at the top of our lungs, and we stifle our wild and crazy ways.  Sure, they resurface at concerts and some sporting events, but for the most part, adults are too tired or too cool or maybe too fearful of judgment to jump and yell and scream for something we believe in.

It’s a joy to be around kids who don’t care yet- who aren’t yet shackled by society’s rules to “be normal.” Sure, these kids are probably hyped up on Mountain Dew and Hot Cheetos.  And yeah, they fall into a bit of the Lord of the Flies mob mentality when they all get together.  But they are willing to dress in ridiculous outfits and lose their voices screaming at a pep rally simply because they can and because it’s fun and because no one’s judging them for their enthusiasm…yet.

One of the perks of teaching these spirited screamers is that we get to be around their crazy energy all the time.

And sometimes their ridiculousness brings out a bit of our own:

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