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Cultural Diversity Frozen Song "Let it Go"

Wow, all I can say is AMAZING!  Okay, I've done a little bit of research to figure out just who, what, where, this all took place.  My girls absolutely loved Frozen, they loved this MORE!

Alex Boye' is a notable singer and songwriter that is up and coming.  He is becoming quickly famous for adding an African Tribal twist to current popular pop music.  He has collaborated with Bruno Mars  and Lexi Walker (who is featured in this video).  He has several remakes of popular music that is current now.  His parents are from Nigeria, however, Alex was born and raised mostly in London, England.  This is pretty amazing because his parents are from the continent Africa, raised in London, and now lives and a citizen of the United States of America.  Anyone else seeing how our roots from Great Britain and Africa all merging to make the great Nation we live in today.  Am I being a little cheesy? 

I'm busy working on a connection activity for these videos... coming soon as a freebie!

This video is filmed in the Ice Castles in Midway Utah.  Ummmm, Ya, who knew?  I consider myself pretty knowledgable on most days.  Ha

I'm definitely going to work on a Smiles for Life theme with my fifth graders!  Love it!!

Best Writing Video Ever!

Here is my mini Tuesday fun!  Check out this amazing writing video...  Love it!

~ Tara

One Large Man- A New Perspective

Judge me on my grammar and I will cut you!
       Taking a short break from creating lessons I wandered into Southport.  One to just take in the waterfront view, two to pick up stupid stuff from Wally world.  Hair ties, bobby pins (thanks to Kayla wearing a cute do today), eye liner, blah, blah, blah..... On my way to see if they have size 4T khaki pants.  A large... no LARGE man comes straight my way!  Not large like big/fat, large like line-backer (football right???? Ha) LARGE! Not only did he come straight my way... at 10:29,59 but he hugged me!  All up in my bad attitude, I don't want to be at Walmart, up in MY SPACE HUGGED ME!  Then he looked straight at me and said 'Remember ME?'
         In a matter of milliseconds (not sure if that's possible) I said yes and said his name!  He was shocked I remembered his name.  I will say it is extremely hard to recognize some kids after they mature into adulthood when I knew them back, way back inthe day.  We laughed, smiled, and hugged some more.  This time I was in his personal space(not in a call the law kindof way).  The biggest, my whole heart kind of hug!  The kind of hug that makes salt water squeeze out of your eyes kind of HUG!
       As I checked out I was smiling like an idiot, straight up idiot!
       Driving home I came to this conclusion.  We are in each others' lives for brief moments of time.  I had the honor of teaching HIM, along with numerous others over the years.  My world of WALLS came down and I could for the very first time see how special every amazing teacher is to someone!  T-ball coaches, boy scouts, pre-school, private, day cares, in home care, foster parents, grandparents taking the role of parents, PARENTS, friends that coach us through rough tough and sour parts of our lives, battleship teachers, sunday school teachers, aquarium teachers, high school teachers, middle, coaches, band directors, mahjong (I really want to learn how to play), doulas, fitness coaches, nannies, tutors, job training, dive instructors, even MEAN people have a role to play in teaching us.  For a small moment of time I'm so happy with being a teacher.
        Remembering all the amazing kids that parents have allowed and trusted me with their child for an entire year or longer. And while the child is eager for the end of the day to come, each and every day, I will remember them.  I will etch in my mind a piece of them for years down the road. The sense of humor (or lack thereof), organizational skills (I still don't have that one down), smiles, giggles, endless talking, farting, sweet notes, sweet gestures, small little things that are so unique and individual to our personalities.  They are embeded in our minds.  Our paths may not cross for 10 or 20 years but a name will come to my mind because I will remember the awesome child they were that played an amazing role in my classroom community.  I will remember them and just maybe... they will remember me.
        Then I remembered something awesome I want to do tomorrow in history.... LOL.  My overactive brain took me away from my thoughts however my heart is still singing and my face is still smiling.

With a happy heart- Good night!

~ Tara

Uncle Drew 1, 2, &3

Here we Go!  I'm so excited to take a little amount of time to post youtube videos on my blog.  There are several benefits I can see to using this method.  (You know a list is coming!  LOL)

1.  You can show this in class without other videos popping up at the end.  Just make sure you select no pop up selections after the video.
2.  Students can view this after school, at home, in a safe environment, again... they don't have to scroll through 'other stuff' to get to the video you posted.
3.  You can always find the video you wanted to show... always!  Because it's on your blog!  Wah- lah!  Can't wait to post more motivational videos.

My Brother and Sister in law introduced me to these awesome videos put out there by Pepsi.  Gotta love some NBA Players!  Your kiddos will love this media trickery.  I feel a writing prompt coming up viewing these videos.... Hmmmmm.

~ Tara