One unfortunate (and frankly, nonsensical) typo later and the class had completely dissolved into uncontrollable laughter, teacher included. I gamely tried to carry on, but simply couldn’t manage: the students’ excellent sense of humour meant the typo was brought up repeatedly in a number of different contexts. Soon a number of us were laughing so hard we were crying, myself included.
Nothing was learned from any Program of Studies in this situation, but it really helped us come together as a learning community. We now have something that binds us; a shared experience that we can look back to and smile about. This typo incident served to remind me of the important role of community building in learning. Moments like this might not serve to accomplish any set outcome, but will go a long way in working as a team through the incredible amount of learning outcomes we have ahead of us yet. I can already tell that we are more of a community after this incident, and am looking forward to further growth through the rest of the school year.
Steven Radder makes typos all too frequently and should consider slowing down a little while typing.