A few warnings on this post: It contains swearing. The really bad kind. Also, I totally didn’t follow my own advice. If you’re ok with foul language and hypocrisy, by all means read on!
The other day something terrible happened. Wait, not terrible. Wonderful. Absolutely, unequivocally, amazingly stupendous.
Let’s start at the beginning, shall we?
I like to integrate all sorts of new and exciting teaching methods into my classes. Many of those involve technology. A lot of times, I find it more worthwhile for my students to watch a video in class about the topic than for me to deliver the material in the same way that I always do. I mean, students learn in many different ways, right? So, I decided to show a video the other day of another educator explaining the topic to my students. The way he was doing it was pretty unique, and it must have required many takes to get it just right. I’m being pretty vague here for a reason. You’ll see why in a minute.
A few minutes in, the wonderfully awful thing happened. Apparently, as the educator struggled to get his lesson just right, he messed up. He became very frustrated at this (who knows how many times he had run through it at this point) and threw up his arms while yelling (quite loudly):
I wish I was joking.
He then ran over to the camera and switched it off. Clearly, he had uploaded the wrong take. But, it was too late. My class melted into a sea of laughter, disbelief, and general disarray.
I simply did not believe my students at first that this kind, well-meaning educator would do such a thing. Naturally, I ran into the workroom to grab my earbuds and watch it myself at my desk as the video played on the front screen.
Yup. It happened.
I cannot believe how well this actually worked out. It was a moment of true connection between my students and me. We laughed, I cried (from laughing so hard). All in all, it made our collective day.
The moral of this story? Just roll with it! If something “bad” happens in class, don’t let it be bad. Instead, make it a moment that you and your students will remember for a long time to come.
But, maybe preview videos before showing them. Just saying.