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Caldwell HS English teacher: 'Learning should be fun!'

At the end of the day, Mr. Hunt is teaching his students that there is a world of learning to be done and this is just the beginning! (Abigail Taylor, KBOI)

A Treasure Valley teacher is on a mission to show his students that learning is a lifelong adventure!

There is always something new to learn and discover!

Jason Hunt, an English teacher at Caldwell High School, said "maybe you pick up a new book and find that you actually do like reading because [it's] a story about pirates or some famous explorer."

I just want students to discover the adventure in learning something new.

Mr. Hunt's passion for learning is contagious. His students say they actually enjoy coming to class (not exactly the easiest thing for high schoolers to admit!)

Learning hasn't always been entirely easy for Mr. Hunt, however.

"I remember when I was a student, I was ADHD. I was incredibly hyper," said Mr. Hunt. "So, I try to think about my students who need to get up and move around. I try to make sure there is always an opportunity to be up doing something rather than just sitting taking notes or filling out worksheets."

He says when the weather is nice, he likes to take his students out of the classroom and to a local park for a change of environment.

Another way he motivates his students is by encouraging them to submit their writings into competitions throughout the state. Many of his students have taken home first, second, and third place for their work and some have even had their essays brought in front of Idaho's legislature to shed light on important issues like whether climate change should be taught in schools.

One of the biggest things Mr. Hunt does to keep the energy in his classroom alive is reshaping the curriculum every school year... that way he never gets burnt out on teaching and his students never get burnt out on learning!

"With each set of students, they are going to be interested and passionate about different things," said Mr. Hunt. "So, it's about getting to know your students."

At the end of the day, Mr. Hunt is teaching his students that there is a world of learning to be done and this is just the beginning!

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