I had a great lesson planned today on using writing exemplars to deconstruct procedural writing. It was one of those humdinger lessons that make you feel all good after teaching it. Nevermind. There was something better to do.
As class began, one of my ardent students asked me if he could use his laptop to Skype with his dad today. He told me that he misses his dad a lot because he travels all around the world for work. At the moment, dad was in Mexico. The look in his eye when he talked about his dad nearly broke my heart.
“And maybe, Mr. Lee, we could, like, Skype with the whole class!”
I felt like saying, Listen dude, you have no idea how much you just said that to the right teacher. Instead, I held back my sheer exuberance, nodded my head and said, “Go set it up on the projector.”
My students were utterly gripped. They started spontaneously lining up to try and ask dad a question. What’s more, they asked such interesting questions complety without my provocation.
Do you get to enjoy yourself in Mexico or is it mostly work?
Has it been hard to adjust to a different culture?
What do you think of us using iPads and iPods in the classroom?
It was incredible.
My student was on cloud nine. Brimming with pride about his dad and bursting with love for the guy. You know when you have a collective learning moment with the students and you just feel as though you are transcending space and time? Ding.
I can do that really cool lesson tomorrow.