Friday Thoughts: Paper Airplanes
I was reminded of something very important when the Harding University Chorus visited Tuesday.
When they arrived, they gave me a stack of 400 programs and asked for them to be handed out prior to the performance.
I hesitated at the request as several thoughts instantly went through my head
- paper airplanes
- paper wads being thrown
- lots of trash left behind
- incessant crumpling paper sounds throughout the performance
- more airplanes
I suggested other options (hand them out in choir, have them available for students afterwards, set up a table in the lobby, etc.), but in the end, I agreed we’d hand out the papers prior to the performance.
As students entered the auditorium, each one was given a program, and here’s the final count after the performance:
- paper airplanes (0)
- paper wads being thrown (0)
- lots of trash left (4 papers left behind)
- incessant crumpling paper sounds throughout the performance (0)
- more airplanes (0)
That day I was reminded of something very important— we must first teach students, but then we must give them opportunities to demonstrate their learning (which is the hard part for me). However, time and time again our students have shown they can handle those opportunities which is why I say so often, “We have great kids.”
Tuesday was a minor example of just how great they are. I was proud of them and of our school, and I’m grateful for the reminder.