This week we read the chapters "Transformation" and "Enthusiasm." Dave asks a couple of tough questions in this chapter: "If your students didn't have to be there, would you be teaching in an empty room?" and "Do you have any lessons that you could sell tickets to?" So I'll ask you to share the answer to one of these -- do you have any lessons for which you could sell tickets? Have you thought about how you could transform your classroom so you can answer yes to one (or maybe both) of those questions. How do you show and spread enthusiasm in your classroom? How do you fight the tendency to dwell on the negative or to be too tough on yourself?
Next week we will jump into part 2 of the book, "Crafting Engaging Lessons." We will discuss the sections "The Third Circle," "A Crash Course in Presentational Hooks," "'I Like to Move It, Move It,'" "Long Live the Arts," and "What's in it For Me?"