The Joy of Learning
• The narrator of the story is a
mischievous girl of fourteen who is
the worst nightmare for every
teacher in the school
Everything changed when Mr. Kaplan
began to teach in classroom.
He was young and handsome wearing
jeans and v-neck sweater.
Mr. Kaplan let his pupils enjoy a lot of
He jumped on his desk to invite the
attention of his pupils.
He was cool but he had a look in
his eyes which said ‘Don’t mess
Mr. Kaplan taught social studies with
passion and made the class
interesting with his enthusiasm and
ideas. There was a pin drop silence in
He made pupils to imagine the past
events in History and find joy in
learning with their active
He made the students lie on the floor,
move closer to feel discomfort, heat
and cramp. He made them aware the
agonies of the slaves being
transported to America.
Mr. Kaplan taught without books
and tedious tests but he made his
pupils to learn and feel that all
subjects are important in the
journey of life.
• It went on day after day, week
after week experience.
Matching Actions and Experiences
• Standing on
• Fighting war
• Dressed for
• Crossing the high
• Civil war in
• Signing the
Making to imagine crossing the high
Standing on desks Crossing the high seas
Making to imagine fighting the Civil
Fighting war with
Civil war in America
Making to imagine the signing of the
Declaration of Independence
Dressed for Signing the Declaration
Mr. Kaplan was the best teacher.
He made history real and memorable.
But the school management fired him
because he did not stick to
All the students and parents
• Mr. Kaplan taught his pupils
about the power to change and
ability to affect others.
• At last, Mr. Kaplan took a job in a
new charter school.
• Everybody was in tears for his
lifetime gift : the joy of learning.
It is the supreme art
of the teacher to
awaken joy in creative