Saturday, April 24, 2010
more fun & realizations 02/19/10
Yesterday my lessons focused on the 1985 "We are the World" video to aid famine relief in Africa and the 2010 remake to benefit Haiti. I wrote "1985" on the board under "Africa" and mentioned that I was in high school at the time. A 2nd grader said, "You were in preschool?" "No, high school." "How old ARE you?!" Another kid: "Was that when Ms. S. was a little girl?" Ms. S. is a 60-year-old black woman who talked to the kids last month about growing up in the '60's - segregation, etc. "No, it was after that. Can we please focus on the video?!" :) The remake added a rap section and I was excited to show the kids that musicians they like were working along with other, different types of people to help people in need. They enjoyed seeing the rappers, but I didn't bother telling them about the 15-year-old white kid that sings the opening line because he didn't fit my stereotype of what young black kids like. But when the video started, my 3rd-grade boys said, "Hey! That's Justin Bieber!" And when I showed the video to N. (white 4th-grade boy) tonight and Justin came on, he said, "Oh, I hate that kid!" I swear I'm learning at least as much as my students are.