When asked about it later, I had to confess that, at the time, I wasn’t quite clear as to whether they were screams of joy or fear. It was obvious later, but not then, and not for at least a few seconds.
I was helping a student with a question they had about writing a particular sentence. I was trying to give them as much attention as they needed–without taking my attention away from anyone else in the class. This is an important skill that every teacher must develop.
Back to the screams.
The students behind me started screaming and one of them said “look”. Instead of looking at them–which I think is the natural course of action, I looked in the direction they were pointing in. It turned out to be the classroom window and what was beyond that. It was snowing.
We’ve had a pretty mild start to winter. I remember snow in November, but for most of December and into this early January, there really hasn’t been a lot of snow. Perhaps that is why I didn’t understand the screams. By the end of winter, I usually expect groans when it starts to snow. Not having had a lot of snow, I wasn’t expecting a lot of negativity.
In this case, it turned out to be screams of joy because several of my students expressed interest in the snow. It turns out that several of my students had never experienced the joy of snowfall before. They asked if I would let them take pictures. Of course I obliged. I even offered to let them go outside and experience it first hand. Surprisingly, or not surprisingly, they all declined. I found their joy at winter and snowfall quite positive and interesting.
Living around the Great Lakes, I expect a fair bit of snow to cross my path in life. I love playing in it, I don’t mind driving in it, but I hate shovelling it and brushing it off my car. To see my students embracing it and being happy about it reminded me that there are different perspectives to every situation and that I should take joy in all situations. An obvious Perfect Moment for Today.