Applause are one of the more interesting phenomenon in the world. Have you ever stopped to think about them? My favorite are the genuine burst of excitement and appreciation kind. I’m not talking about the kind of applause that you give when you know you’re supposed to. I’m talking about the spontaneous kind. The kind that just burst forth from your hands and your heart.
I worked all weekend on my book trailer for Touching Spirit Bear. I had searched and searched the internet for good examples to show my class and I was less than thrilled with the student examples I had seen. They can do better I thought. They can do more. So I set out to make my own. I created each picture carefully, selected just the right music. I watched, created, edited, and created some more. When I finally finished I felt sure that the product would inspire them and give them a vision for what to create.
So on Monday I gathered them on the carpet and I showed my trailer. They watched, captivated. They oooed and ahhhed at just the right parts. Clearly I had connected with my audience. When the last line flashed on the screen something special and magical happened. They burst into applause. Loud, boisterous, gleeful applause.
They didn’t do it to be polite. They didn’t do it because I was the teacher. They did it because they enjoyed what they saw. My heart swelled with pride.
A day later one student rushed up to me. “I’m done, I’m done when can we share them.” I realized that by showing my hard work I demonstrated the “why” of the assignment. My students were working twice as hard so that they too could earn those applause! Not because their classmates were being polite and not because they knew that it was what they were supposed to do. Because they earned it.
Here is my trailer that I worked so hard on. If you’d like to view my student’s work you can visit my Vimeo channel. I will be posting them as they are completed in the coming week. Please feel free to leave them an uplifting comment.