Ended up in one Saturday evening, and found ourselves watching the documentary about talent shows. Surprising what forgotten memories surfaced, especially around Opportunity Knocks, Hughie Green’s talent show. Even found myself using one of his catchphrases after the evening service: “We want to see them, we really do…” and then realising where it had come from.
I auditioned for Opportunity Knocks as a youngster, and saw the man himself behind a desk. It was a long time ago, and I am not going to say any more about this today!
One intriguing feature of the show was the clappometer. It, supposedly, registered the enthusiasm of the studio audience applause, and gave a score out of 100, which was posted by your name, and gave some guidance as to who to vote for (via postcard, I think) to return next week.
As a teacher you need an in-built clappometer. Not one that registers how popular you are, but how effective you are. Never having trained formally to be a teacher, I needed to rely on one quite quickly. And to calibrate it to respond to reliable, pertinent information. And to ensure it stayed adjustable.
I didn’t know that that was what I was doing. I just tried to do my best, and was helpfully encouraged (and challenged), by those around me, Mac and Ted, as well as my students, of course.
I guess I’ve transferred the adaptability to what I do now, and what I will do tomorrow. And I have amazing prayer support, passionate challenging people, and a church where everyone is a minister.
If my clappometer had been tuned to making everyone happy, it would have ensured I was soon clapped out. But tuned to ensuring everyone is learning, did lead to acceptable levels of happiness.