It really couldn’t have been more Wednesday than that. There wasn’t even a smattering of Thursday, and trying to catch a glimpse of elusive Friday was out of the question. So, it is rather surprising how it turned out.
I was just sitting there minding my own business (as is often the case) when a student messaged me with a question–perhaps it was urgent. It is so hard to tell with modern forms of communication. I was probably trying to watch an Aging Wheels video on YouTube, and probably didn’t want the interruption.
However, I decided to answer the student’s question. It was about a relative clause that seemed to be missing some parts–it was in fact a reduced relative clause. I answered briefly and got back to my video. It was then I realized that perhaps I had better address the subject with the entire class.
This resulted in a pretty challenging and informative class that I could do as a guided discovery. It also shook me out of the teaching rut that I was in. I had planned something totally different for the class, but changed it last minute to follow up on this idea. Looking back on my plan, I am sure what transpired because I listened to a student’s question was the much better option.
It is getting harder to find Perfect Moments amid this pandemic, but I am sure this is one of them.