At the beginning of the school year, a teacher expressed to me that she had heard a very inspirational song and would love to have her class do something with it. Maybe, it could be used in a slideshow or some kind of presentation at a school assembly? And as we all know, school gets underway, things happen and plans sometimes go to the wayside. When I shared the #ETMOOC lip dub five months later, this teacher immediately emailed me excited with a new outlet of sharing the message of that song.
I can’t tell you how much the class must have practiced singing during Morning Meeting times, nor could this have happened without the meticulous organization on the part of the classroom teacher to equally divide up parts and manage groups. These groups were responsible for picking a location in the classroom for each segment of the song as well as choreographing any movements/actions as appropriate. This decision making gave them ownership and kept it authentic and true to a fourth grader’s work and interpretation. It took us three forty-five minute sessions to record 56 short movie segments using an iPod Touch and then several hours for me to edit in iMovie, but the creativity and teamwork that took place to construct this finished product were well worth it.