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  • Everyday, the same thing; students wake up, wash their face, brush their teeth, get dressed, eat breakfast, run to the bus stop and arrive at school. Before class, the teacher would ask herself the same questions - "will today be better than yesterday?" and "Will the students be engaged in today's lecture?". As the students began to pile into class, they were asked to be quiet and take their seats. The teacher stands in front of the class and demands the students attention while she goes on and on about the same thing she covered yesterday and even three days ago. As usual, the students ignore the lecture and begin to engage in side conversations with one another. Often times, they text other students, surf the internet or fall asleep in class.

    Today did not appear to be any different. The classroom routine reminded me of the old radio tape recorder I threw away as a teenager because it was stuck in repeat mode. I can still hear the song now, 'All By Myself' by Eric Carmen. Try listening to that song over and over for two weeks, you will never want to be alone again - Ever!

    Somewhere between me humming the lyrics to that song in my head and listening to the student snoring next to me, the teacher asked, "what do you think about the current events in the news today?" - now this was worth putting my song on hold for. I even decided to nudge the sleeping kid beside me to tell him he might want to hear this. To my surprise, the conversations became so engaged that the other seven sleeping students began to stretch and awaken from their slumber. It was like watching a bear wake from hibernation after sleeping the whole winter. Things were looking up! Pretty soon, everyone had something to say and we were all alert, engaged, awake and believe it or not - learning. We even managed to connect the current events to the text we were reading. While watching the students talk and voice their opinions, I was reminded of the feeling I get when I lie on my back in the grass on the fourth of July and gaze at the fireworks as they light up the sky. It was amazing!

    When class was over, the teacher realized that today was like no other day. Today was a good day!
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