Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Round of Applause

My students applaud at everything. 
When I read a story they applaud at the end.
When I sing a song I made up they applaud.
When a student answers a question right...you might even hear a "Truck Driver" applause.
When I say it's time for recess...yup you guessed it.  Applause.
It's really cute.

Today as students were getting drinks and resting after recess I began to play one of my favorite songs on the piano...Un Sospiro by Liszt.  It's beautiful and calming.  

When every table had had a drink at the drinking fountain..."ONE, TWO, THREE! THAT'S ENOUGH FOR ME!"...my students burst into applause! I couldn't stop smiling and was actually sort of embarrassed so I stupidly curtseyed.  Then I heard "Mrs. Wolfe! That was superb!" "I love that song Mrs. Wolfe!"  Superb?  I didn't know they even knew that word! 

One little boy came and stood next to me as I played.  I was about to tell him to sit down because he hadn't raised his hand for permission to leave his seat, but I stopped myself.  He's probably never seen someone play the piano that up close and personal before.   He had a huge grin on his face and kept saying, "That's so cool how you're fingers are movin'!" 

Today is why I love teaching so much.


  1. It's the little moments that make a difference.

  2. Everything you do is a little seed being planted.

  3. I think it's great that you have a piano in your classroom and even greater that you know how to use it!