I have an eight year old son and a nine year old daughter.
I will apologize in advance for subjecting you to their favorite song and video for the purposes of our discussion...
... and good luck getting that out of your head now for the rest of the day. Or year. Or life.
To say that I hate this song would not do it justice. I despise it. From what I understand from some students in my advisory, the song was intended by the musicians to be the worst song of all time. I am not sure how successful they were, but they certainly gave it a good go.
And yet... day after day, hour after hour, I can't get it out of my head. I find myself humming or singing it to myself (Federal law prohibits me from singing in public) all day in my office, in the hallways, at meetings... and I have listened to it all of three times in my life.
So when we think about engagement and learning, I wonder how something that is the opposite of what we would think of as engaging to me can be so ever present in my consciousness?
Let's be honest, I typically can't remember what I talked about with someone three hours ago, but this stupid song sticks with me day after day after day? How can it be? And what can we learn from this experience as educators?