I have this problem.
As an adviser, I forget to have fun.
I’m so focused on deadline, deadline, deadline I forgot to play games and be silly with the kids sometimes.
We need fun too.
The class is too hard without it. I know that, but still, I forget.
This week was senior week and organizations decorated game walls to transform the school hallways as a tribute to the seniors. Super cool idea, but yearbook didn’t have a game wall because we’re on deadline and with seven kids, missing a deadline is disasterous.
Flash forward to yesterday when one of the kids came in before school and said, hey, I know, there are four of us and Trouble has four colors. We should be “Nothing but Trouble.”
I said sure, do it!
So she started.
But she wasn’t done. When class began second period she asked if she could keep working, and I was faced with a decision.
Do the work because we’re on deadline, or do the fun because this is high school and fun is important to building a team.
I almost said no, deadline first.
But I didn’t.
Most of the kids kept working on deadline, but the few who built the game wall worked hard today, and I think they’ll still finish. The ones who worked had fun watching their friends build the Trouble game.
Fun is important. Super important. I need to remember that.