Funny observation: the sudden snow made the lecture more interesting

I was in a class last Thursday. It was a pretty hectic day for me and the class was very technical. So, we were all sort of going through the motion of copying notes from the blackboard. You know, the blank look we have towards the blackboard, and often check the clock (when is it gonna end?) when we are completely disengaged in a class! Suddenly the alarm went off! This is my first experience of being present in the classroom at the time of declaration of an emergency alert. The funny thing is that the clock in the classroom stopped showing time after the alert. Anyway, back to the class, the teacher asked, what we all wanted to do, but it was surprising as how most of us including me did not want to end the class and leave. SO we carried on, and we felt different, people were asking questions, and were actively participating and the discussion was productive!!!! I thought to myself, wow, this is new…

My theory to explain this is : when we chose to carry on, we as learners made a “conscious decision” to be there and engage as opposed to a regular scenario when we come to class and often switch off our conscious self. We take the classroom environment, the lecture, the teachers voice, all for granted. May be next time I enter a classroom, I will remind me of my purpose! To engage! to listen and to speak up….I don’t know, may be the teacher also felt a fresh perspective….so it is good for the class!

 

So moral of the story: More snow needed to improve learner engagement 🙂 ( Please no! It is April and still snowing , what is wrong with the world?)

1 thought on “Funny observation: the sudden snow made the lecture more interesting

  1. Great post! I was also in class (a lab session) when the snow cancellation happened and while a considerable portion of the class left to go home the teacher stayed and we finished the lab. It was really great to be in a classroom where everyone really wanted to be there rather than feeling as though they were forced to do so.

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