While waiting for a flight last weekend, I spent time in the airport Life is Good store. I must confess – I really love their merchandise. The shelves were packed with t-shirts, sweatshirts and coffee mugs depicting icons of recreational activities and the phrase “Life is Good.” I was tempted to purchase the sweatshirt depicting a travel trailer, a bicycle and a kayak, three of my favorite things.
Flying home, I was remembering this store. Every t-shirt graphic displayed a picture of some type of hobby – from fishing to enjoying a cup of coffee. Not a single picture had anything to do with work. There were no graphics of computer screens, classrooms, meeting rooms, or spreadsheets. While I understand the purpose of the company, it has made me think about the atmosphere of our classrooms. Do we approach learning with a “Do what you love – love what you do” attitude?