Why are we clapping?

It is the end of the school year, and it is also testing season. Every other week it seems there is another very important test the students must perform well on. Thus it is project time in my class. Something to keep students engaged and sort of, but not really, quiet.

In one of my classes today I was trying to be a cheerleader to keep students motivated to finish their projects, and I did a little “Let’s go!” and some clapping. One student decided to join in. Then another and another. Soon almost the entire class was clapping and cheering loudly. And then of course there were a few students looking around and asking, “Why are we clapping?”

I didn’t have an answer to that question, because I wasn’t sure myself. I also was laughing too hard to give an answer even if I had one.

These students and their goofiness remind me why I enjoy this bizarre in-between age known as middle school. But as much as I love them, man, am I ready for summer.

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