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“Boy, Am I Enthusiastic!” This is the chant we had learners recite, every hour, on the hour, when I was an instructor at a recruiting school years ago. It was torturous to get our adult learners to sit in a class for eight hours a day, six weeks straight. But this was one of the tools we used to keep them engaged. We threw balls when we wanted someone to answer a question and we had all manner of toys that we used to prove a point, mock an incorrect answer, and point out the class snoozer. Looking back, I now recognize that in our effort to make the curriculum “fun” and “engaging,” we did many things wrong.