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Over the past month, the video craze of “The Harlem Shake” by Bauuer has essentially done just that, shaken-up cyberspace via thousands of youtube videos being filmed in schools, offices, firetrucks, shopping malls, dentist offices and more. If you can think of something crazy it pretty much happened – from The University of Georgia Men’s Swim Team filming an underwater version, to Lebron James and The Miami Heat filming a locker room scene.
Students from all over the world participated; from middle school classrooms, to high school students in recreation centers, to multiple college-aged students in various settings – the participation level is at an all-time high.
Some powerful themes jumped out to me based on such a strong sweeping trend of this Harlem Shake craze:
1. Students love MUSIC. The song “Harlem Shake” by Bauuer is energetic and brings people together for a comedic purpose. Get your playlist together. Use music in your lesson plans, classroom culture, school settings and recreation centers as much as possible. Music is one of few universal languages and should be an integral part of the educational experience.
2. Students enjoy SURPRISES. Thirty-seconds into the song when the beat drops, everyone begins to dance crazily with a surprise prop or off-the-wall costume. This should be a reminder that students enjoy when principals, coaches, counselors and teachers switch things up, change the pace, and ultimately – deliver the unexpected.
3. All students want to PARTICIPATE - The sheer volume of students around the globe that wanted to make these videos and participate is ridiculous. Use this to your advantage; let students work in teams to film, edit, produce and showcase their creativity for a different purpose – they will not let you down! Some students enjoy being the center of the video, while others are comfortable being in the back doing their own dance – but they all want to be included.
4. You Must Use SOCIAL MEDIA. Many students had already watched hundreds of these videos and recorded their own versions before many adults even realized what the video was. We need to understand and respect the speed at which trends take life in the culture of our youth. In addition, we need to embrace the power of social media in our classrooms and schools to properly teach students how to share, research and interact globally.
5. Students simply want to have FUN. It’s easy for us as educators to get lost on the whirlwind of legislation reform, policies, standardized testing and new evaluation systems. I will be the first to admit that all of these changes often impact my attitude and interactions with others. We must remember that students are still kids and they deserve to have fun. And as adults, we need to make sure we never lose our own youthful spirits.
Here’s 5 simple ways to apply this article to your own setting:
- Ask a student walking by in the hallway what’s playing in their ipod and watch the expression on their face. See where the conversation takes you…
- Film a Harlem Shake video with your colleagues….perhaps at a staff meeting.
- Think of a surprise for an individual, group or classroom of students that you can deliver to change things up. It can be small-scale or something huge.
- Take 2 minutes to ask a few students how much fun they have recently been having at school or in classrooms and listen to their responses.
- Finally, find a student that you know is not involved with anything at school – and simply invite them to participate in an activity, club or group. The simple fact that you personally took the time to ask a student to get involved will change your relationship with that child.
Onward and Upward,
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What it Means to be a Vuck (Viking-Duck)
Today, during senior college seminars, one of our sessions included a reference to a new school motto: “Be like a duck. Calm on the outside but paddling like the dickens underneath.” Dr. Crouse, the session leader, passed out rubber ducks to a few of us that were dressed in Viking gear; hence the Vuck.
As we learned, and as the saying tells us, being a duck consists of working ridiculously hard at something (or multiple things) and making it look easy. But what does it mean to be a Vuck? Sure we’re ducks who go to Princeton, and we have pride in our school, but even though all of us are Vikings, not all of us are (or can be) Vucks. Mr. Everett Lamar told us very simply today to “stop making excuses!” He reminded us that we must have a “by any means necessary” mentality, and throughout the day, we were told repeatedly that we had to be willing to do whatever it took to get to where we wanted to be. We watched the popular motivational video with the saying, “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.” A Vuck, I have determined, is a special sort of Viking who is the epitome of a person who is willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish their goals.
Princeton’s job, as a school, is to give us, as students, the tools it takes to be successful, and in four years, we are generally given that opportunity. Like Dora the Explorer, all the tools we need are in our backpack. The Vucks are the Princeton students who take advantage of said tools and through hard work and dedication achieve the success we heard about all day at school. They are the leaders of the school, and the people the rest of us Vikings want to follow after. People like 2012 alumnus Claudia Saunders are Vucks. Claudia was third in her class, won state championships in two different sports and is now running at Stanford University. She never let anyone tell her she couldn’t do something, and she is the Vuck I want to be like.
My message to students: Always strive to be a Vuck. My question to them: What is it going to take for you to become a Vuck? Start paddling. It’s worth it.
By Emily Roper
Princeton High School, c/o 2013
Scholar, Athlete, Mentor, Visionary, Ambassador, Friend, Daughter. Leader……Viking Duck
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Below are 10 very thought-provoking articles, blogs, video clips and other resources for Educators and anyone leading Organizational Change. The list is diverse in its purpose and topics. Furthermore, the links provide a strategic set of tools for your #Leadership
I came across these wonderful finds due to the folks I follow on Twitter. Enjoy, and follow me on twitter @PHSViking to broaden your Personal / Professional Learning Network.
The Power of Effective Feedback
Written By Peter Dewitt via Education Week -
The Flipped Faculty Meeting
Written By Peter Dewitt via Education Week -
Video: Recorded Open House Presentation by Mrs. Johnson
Shared by @teachingwhtsoul via @PrincipalJ
Favorite / Thought Provoking Quote:
Shared by @AnnTran_
“We never know which lives we influence, or when, or why.” ― Stephen King
Handling Co-Worker Complaints and Backstabbing
Written By @LeadershipFreak via WordPress
Favorite / Thought Provoking Quote:
Shared by Lead Change Group via @leadchangegroup
“When you’re a professional, you come back, no matter what happened the day before.” – Billy Martin
The Best Apps for Teaching Math and Science
Shared by @NMHS_Principal via The Wall Street Journal Technology Report
The Principal Melt-Down Video
Shared by @WiscPrincipal
Free Reproducibles from Marzano for Coaching & Evaluating
Shared by @MarzanoResearch
50 Educational Tools Every Teacher Should Know About
Shared by @KleinErin via @edudemic
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This video is the kick-off of our 6-12 Model at Princeton City School District. We believe that ALL students have #Greatness, and it is our job as Educators to help them Discover their Passion.
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For those of you new to Twitter – or if you are wishing to get more Value and Diversity from the Leaders you follow – begin by seeking out these 10 Stars in the Twitterverse.
In no particular order, the below 1o educators are great leaders to follow on Twitter for the following reasons:
- They are always active, but never overwhelming on your twitter feed.
- They will challenge you to Think and Reflect – and push you to grow professionally
- They will provide resources and guidance
- They focus on Technology and Best Educational Practices
- They are all Unique, Practical and provide Authentic Leadership
For your convenience – all 10 profiles below are hyper-linked directly to their Twitter Accounts.
Bonus Star in the Twitterverse: John C Maxwell – Leader of Leaders…
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Check out the CEO of Knovation (formerly netTrekker), Randy Wilhelm – using the analogy of “s’mores” to discuss Igniting the Hope of Knowing… at the TedX speaker series hosted at Xavier University.
Randy is not only one of our country’s greatest advocates for student achievement and innovation, but he also “walks the walk.” Specifically, he models mentoring by having ove 30+ employees from his company travel to Princeton High School on a weekly basis to mentor students.
Tags: Administration, change, culture, Education, Expectations, Influence, Jeremy Lin, Leadership, Linsanity, Princeton, Race, Teaching
Everyone who ever took a teaching methods course in college knows the movie. It’s about a teacher who sets up her class based on brown eyes and blue eyes. It’s supposed to teach the children about race and discrimination without needing any particular ethnic minority. The theory is, you can discriminate on any visible characteristic. The discrimination takes place because you transfer your prejudice (read pre-judging) by expecting certain behaviors based on what you see. You may have learned it as the Pygmalion effect (from the great Greek story about a sculptor who fell in love with a female statue and by his wishes alone caused the statue to come to life). At any rate, we see it every day in our class. Because a student dresses a certain way, looks a certain way, acts a certain way, we “pre-judge” how they will behave; frequently thinking we can’t control what they do.
Now apply this to the Jeremy Lin story this week. If you haven’t been following, it’s a great story of a man who overcame an entire professional sports leagues prejudice to become a phenomenon. In the space of six games, he has broken records that were not touched by Jordan, Shaq, or Kobe. He’s lit up the Twitterverse with his performance, and his grace under pressure. Each game he seems to score more points, or do something totally unexpected.
So why is scoring over 20 points per game so unexpected? Well, there’s the story. You see, Jeremy is Asian. He went to Harvard. He was an Economics major and he graduated. Do you know how many NBA stars have been Asian-American? None. Do you know how many NBA players come from Harvard? Four. So it’s not surprising that he almost didn’t make it to the NBA, based on what you would “expect”. It’s not surprising to hear that he was cut from two teams and almost from the Knicks. If he had been cut last week, it would have been “expectancy confirmed”. Everyone “knows” Asian Americans are not NBA stars (especially when they graduate from Harvard!). Everyone knew that except, perhaps, Jeremy Lin. He just kept playing, waiting for his chance for someone to see his ability, his grace under pressure (How about that 3 point shot in Toronto with .5 seconds to go?). And when given a chance, he exploded.
So my question to you as a classroom teacher is, What do you Expect in your class? Who can you call today, off your bench, and turn into a phenomenon? Research (and real life) tells us the number 1 variable in student achievement is you, the classroom teacher. Look around your class today. Create your own Lin-sanity!
By Tim Dugan
Princeton City Schools
School Improvement & Tech Director, Educator, Innovator