Just when you have’em where you want’em, something happens outside of your control to break the spell. Today, the power went out at school due to high winds. In an instant the electronics powered down with a gentle whir, the lights went out with a click, and the children jumped up with a yip. They rushed to the windows to see what was happening and their excited voices started calling out what they could see, each voice louder than the one before it. “The traffic signal is flying sideways!” “The leaves are twirling in a vortex!” “Look at that street sign! It is almost folded in half!” It became an unofficial contest to find the next piece of evidence of the high winds blowing by the school.
I was right there with them looking for signs of how the wind was effecting our world. Part of my wonder was how mother nature could be so powerful as large trees swayed exuberantly all through the neighborhood. Another part of the wonder was seeing it all through the eyes of the kids. They were in awe of what they saw. It did not scare them, as I thought perhaps it might, but excited them. They did not worry about the effects of it as, perhaps, adults would do. Instead, they took it all in with their eyes like a movie camera would, zooming in on each item that was effected by the wind.
We stayed at the windows for about 15 minutes or so. (Now I am thinking that might not have been safe given the strength of the gusts…oops.) When no one could find yet another example of the power of the wind, everyone returned to their seats without me even telling them to do so. They were done with the show. Back to a different kind of learning.