Fun in learning can be difficult to understand by many teachers and parents! They might associate fun to playing, and think that there is no possible way to learn while playing.
Each time a teacher plans a lessons, she or he thinks of how the students could be motivated in order to really learn something new or improve a skill. Having fun is definitely a great way. Research has proven that fun has a big positive effect on all motivation levels. Learning is a long process that requires a lot of repetitions. When the experience that comes with it is fun, learners will stay curious and engaged, wanting to know more.
According to the neurologist Dr. Judy Willis, ” A student must care about new information or consider it necessary for it go through the limbic system expeditiously, form new synaptic connections, and be stored as a long-term memory. In other words, memories with personal meaning are most likely to become relational and long-term memories are available for later retrieval.” This tells us that in order for our students to not forget what we have taught them by the end of the lesson, we must as teachers consider their interest and add fun to lessons.
In her other book, Dr. Judy Willis has motioned that students get stressed of the fear of potential failure when there is no fun in their learning. With this being said, with no fun, they cannot connect more deeply to subjects.