Do you ever go to a simcha and watch how some people just gravitate towards the band, as if that’s the main event? How about after a good lecture where there are those who just stay there until the guest lecturer actually drives away, without even saying anything to him? In both of these scenarios, I would be the one that I described. For me, it’s (at least according to my wife) not about a psychological problem that I may have, it’s all about the talent that I am so impressed with. When people have talent and use that talent, I am simply amazed. I feel like those talents are way above my capabilities, so I just want to soak up as much as I can. It’s not that the talent can transfer to me via osmosis, but there is always the hope that something may happen.
As I got older, the focus of my amazement shifted a bit. When it came to my classroom, video editing and a good trigger film took over. I would spend hours searching for just the right clip. A lot of that ends today. Today I discovered visual learning tools. These are tools that help even the amateur create something really cool and impressive. I can wow my students, and I can afford it because it’s free. For my class in the YU Edtech Certificate program, I created a short trigger for introducing Torah Shebichtav and Torah Shel Paal Peh for my Mishna class, I called it torah transmission. This was my first attempt at anything like this, so please be gentle…
Here is the link