The lesson that was best prepared?
The project that was most researched?
The idea that was deepest thought-out?
The concept that was the most challenging?
What does a lesson look like, sound like, FEEL like when it resonates with a learner?
Think back...what was it that captured you when you were being taught? Was it the class-grown watercress that developed in your teachers' old stockings that you groomed into a funny person with a bushy hairstyle? Was it the stories that they told you of their childhood antics and the silly ways you were taught to remember multiplication facts? Was it the mnemonics that a teacher chanted to you to learn to spell MISSISSIPPI? Was it the history teacher who danced around the room or the Classical Studies teacher who brought Ancient Rome alive? Was it the first teacher you had who wiped your nose and sang nursery rhymes with you? Was it the lesson about becoming an adolescent or the one about people who help us?
What does it mean to resonate with a learner?
It is when the lesson has long gone and the echoes of the strains of new knowledge still ring in your soul.
It is when new connections have been made, old knowledge to new...when discovery has cost something from us - perhaps an admission that we did not know how to find a solution...it is when interaction has caused a reaction...it is when synthesis is occurring with little or no effort...it is when passion shines through a teacher and seeps into the very core of a child.
Lessons that resonate with us are the ones that could be best prepared or when we have seized the day. They may be the most researched or the least known to begin with. They could be from a deep idea or a small inkling. They could be the most challenging of new knowledge or the most basic of all knowledge.
The only common thread is the teacher who is part of the learning which is driven by passion.