Student Video: Moonwalking on the Sun

Teacher Dan Parker from Toronto, Ontario posted a class video called “Moonwalking on the Sun” about the challenges of being present in the classroom when your mind is moonwalking on the sun (with a hat tip tribute to Michael Jackson.) (Dan posted this on my Facebook page which is a place I go where people share things and I learn a lot.)

Some cool creativity here. So, the video isn't perfect “theorectically” for lots of educators whatever and some won't care for it, but it grew on me and I liked it. I'm actually singing this song to myself now as I write this.

The thing about is this – I bet their minds weren't moonwalking as they made this video. They look like they spent a ton of time on this AND ENJOYED IT. Do things the students enjoy. Bring them IN to the classroom.

Rappers (in order of appearance): Warren, Fiz, Chris, Leo, Brian.
Narrator: Ed, AKA the Ice Cream Man.
Song production, vocals, video editing, coach: Mr. Parker.
Extra beat production: Stanley Bouchi-Lamontagne.
Community: Laurenhill Academy. Thanks to all those who appeared in the video, those who supported the hip hop battles, and a special shout out to Mr. Bilodeau, Ms Amarasekera and the LHA administration.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Essay Papers June 7, 2011 - 6:34 am

Thanks a lot for this it has helped me a great deal keep it up 

Lorri June 8, 2011 - 1:54 am

Yes!! I love your last line “Bring them into the classroom.” As a teacher these were the times my students and I had most fun. I especially love watching them perform. They crack me up. Too bad these days I get so much resistance from administrators. Fun has become a “no-no” because it’s not something they’ll be tested on, I guess.

Lorri June 8, 2011 - 2:06 am

Yes!!! We need more of this. I love your last line: “Bring them into the classroom”. As a teacher, some of the best times I had with my students was watching them perform. They love hamming it up and the effort they put into these things is unreal. Plus they just crack me up. Unfortunately over the past few years administrators, seem to frown on having fun in the classroom, regardless of whether it’s engaging the students, it’s not on the test. It’s a sad thing.

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