For both teachers and students, remote learning is full of challenges, and many teachers are working (even more than usual) overtime to make their lessons successful. Despite the increased workload and stress of simply surviving during a pandemic, many teachers are going above and beyond to increase their students’ engagement and decrease their stress. The goal is to keep students excited about coming to class and learning each day, but as 3rd-grade teacher Emma Ginder demonstrated, the possible ways of achieving that goal are nearly endless.
During a Zoom lesson with her students, Ginder took full advantage of the technology at her fingertips to have some fun at her own expense. Jokes can be hit and miss, but one thing that’s always funny is potty humor. We can pretend that we’re “adults” now, but movies like Step Brothers remind us that farts will never stop being hilarious – in case you forgot, John C Reilly let out an impressive 13-second-long fart during an interview scene, making this movie at least .2% fart – yes I did the math. See? Farts help you learn.
Well, Ginder got the fart memo. In the middle of a lesson with her 3rd graders, she played an unmistakable fart sound. If that wasn’t enough, she really freaking sold it by looking both surprised and embarrassed, before starting to laugh somewhat uncomfortably.
“What was that?” one student asked. “WHAT WAS THAT?!” echoed a second student, already breaking down in the most adorable, hysterical laughter we’ve ever heard. “She farted,” said a third absolutely delighted student.
Ginder shared the footage on Facebook, thrilled that her perfectly-executed plan actually worked. She captioned the video, “Some days you just have to play a toot sound during class to lighten the mood. Way too good not to share. Also, I apologize for having the maturity of an 8 year old boy.”
During a time when everything is significantly harder than usual, finding ways to laugh is increasingly important. Ginder was willing to take one for the team, making herself the butt of the joke (or, you know, making her butt the butt of the joke). Though it probably took a few minutes to get her students back on task, those few minutes were sacrificed for a worthy cause.
Ginder absolutely made her students’ days, and knowing kids, they’ll be telling everyone they encounter about this for weeks to come, reliving the complete and utter delight every single time. If we’ve learned anything here, it’s that achieving success often means you have to take unconventional routes. Sometimes, you just need to be a self-farter – uh, a self-starter.