I quite like it when people make up new words. The new phrasing disrupts me—makes me notice something new or consider something old in a new way. Created language is playful. Made-up new words cause me to think differently and deeply.
So when I encountered ejoycation this week (the combining of education and joy), I felt invited to think about the role of joy in learning.
The data is consistent: joy is a powerful motivator for learning because it increases engagement. When a student is experiencing joy as they learn things, they are more able to retain and apply this new understanding. Joy enhances learning.
Joy also reflects a truth about God’s created world: the Creation is good and delightful, the way God intended it to be. Teaching in a way that evokes joy is a powerful way to invite students into God's story.