So I'm reading Teach Like A Pirate right now, and I'm struck by the kind of gimmicky suggestions to engage kids-like dressing up as a character, etc. It reminded me of a question I was asked during my hiring process. HR had a set list of like 30 questions they ask and all the answers are either yes or no (they said don't elaborate because usually people talk themselves out of the right answer ). The only question that stumped me was something like "is it part of our job to entertain?" I don't even remember how I answered it, but I know I hesitated thinking about what the right answer would be. I do think it's our job to make learning exciting and try to ignite that passion in the kids. And I also think the things they remember are sometimes those gimmicky things (I still remember a 4th Grade teacher who dressed up like a wizard-I don't remember why, that was long before Harry Potter ). What do you think?