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My Intro Video

The cool guy who is Blue Cereal thought it would be a great idea for teachers to have their own intro videos.  Similar to what happens when your favorite sports team takes the field, or when a pro wrestler takes the stage, or….when a teacher walks in the room!  Here is my video:

The songs I chose are both motivating to me and have a message about me.  They sum up what I am as an educator.  I listed the possible songs in a previous blog, but will tell you why I chose the ones I did.

In order of appearance:

We Will Rock You – Queen – Nothing can get a crowd fired up like this song.  Plus, when I teach, I am going to ROCK YOU!

Also Sprach Zarathustra – Richard Strauss – This piece is powerful and full of emotion.  You feel like something great is coming and you are quickly approaching.  As the horns crescendo and the drums pound, you cross the event horizon and are committed…

Eye of the Tiger – Survivor – As with Queen, this song indicates your A-game is about to be delivered.  When I teach, I try to bring the A-game every time!

I’m Still Standing – Elton John – More on this song later – but it has a fast beat and is a queue to my inner self to never give up.  To always fight the good fight and get up when I fall down.

Lose Yourself – Eminem – The beginning of this song asks some key questions – I have one shot (school year) to make a difference.  Will I?  Can I?  I have to give my all to do so.

Heroes – David Bowie – I want to do this everyday.  Period.

The W.A.N.D. – The Flaming Lips – WAND = The Will Always Negates Defeat and the lyric for this point is “They’ve got their weapons to solve all their questions, they don’t know what it’s for.” These are my feeling on those who think education is mortally wounded and broken and needs to be “reformed.”  Its my opinion that these people do not truly understand or know the miracles that teachers are working every day.

Uprising – Muse – It took two edits to get the copyright issues solved with youtube, due to this song.  It is my rally cry for how I feel that teachers are being treated.  The entire lyric for this song is fairly appropriate (in my opinion).

Heroes – David Bowie – I want to do this everyday.  Period.  Double Stamps.

Uprising – Muse – This is my attempt at avoiding copyright infringement.  We will be VICTORIOUS! (My down with the man, fight the oppressors song).

I’m Still Standing – Elton John – “And if you need to know while I’m still standing you just fade away.” I will keep standing.  I will keep teaching.  I will keep doing what is best for students.  I will give them the education they deserve.

Heroes – David Bowie – I want to do this everyday.  Period.  Triple Stamps.

Fix You – Coldplay – We teach students from several different backgrounds.  Some of them come to us with things we can only imagine.  It is OUR job as educators to do the best we can and HELP these students.

Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey – Never stop believing.  Don’t stop believing in your students.  Don’t stop believing in yourself.  Don’t Stop. Ever.

Knights of Cydonia – Muse – I love Muse.  Love them.  This part of the song is like a rallying cry.  The “reformers” are not going to take me.  “You and I must fight for our lives, you and I must fight to survive” – we have to advocate for our students.   We have to educate those who are uneducated.  We must fight for what we know is right.  We must do this together.

Heroes – David Bowie – I want to do this everyday.  Period.  Quadruple Stamps.  This one is really important.  Why?  Because we are.  HEROES.

Teacher I Need You – Elton John – Nothing can happen without a teacher.  Nothing.  Doctors, lawyers, architects, designers, programmers…all had teachers.  Every career requires a teacher.

Thanks for reading – I hope you are fired up for the upcoming school year!  Make it brilliant and memorable!!

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About Scott

My name is Scott. After 18.5 years as a high school math teacher in public education I have made the move to become a full time PhD student. This decisions was difficult, but has been one of the most rewarding things that I have ever done. Teaching in high school was an incredible experience for me, so leaving an environment that I loved for the unknown was a challenge. As I high school teacher, I taught almost every math course that could be offered. I was able to earn National Board Certification in Young Adult Math. I was honored as my building Teacher of the Year, no mean feat at Edmond Memorial High School!! My career changed as I became fascinated with educational technology and all of the things that it can do for teachers. I flipped my class. I used iPads and blogging (in high school math!!). I started using gamification and mastery learning. I changed my practice. I chose to go back to school to learn as much as I could. To bring that knowledge from academia and research to the teacher on the front line. I have had the opportunity to present at several conferences and share what I have learned with others. Its through these connections that we can be the best teachers we can for our students. They deserve it and we sell ourselves short when we don't give it. I love talking with teachers about change. About incorporating educational technology. About the power that they have to change lives. My blog space is me, it shares my passions and frustrations, my joys and my learnings. If you are interested in what I am studying, please visit my graduate school pages. If you are interested in the flipped classroom, I have some links to get your started. I would love to meet you! Do not hesitate to reach out! I would enjoy the opportunity to work with your staff or trade ideas with your teachers - let me know! Have a great day! #BeBrilliant

Discussion

5 thoughts on “My Intro Video

  1. Enjoyed video. Wonder what mine would be if I were still in the classroom???

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by jcbjr9455 | August 12, 2015, 7:07 pm
  2. Oh WOW!

    Like

    Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2015, 5:06 pm
  3. Your video rocks! Love inspirational songs like those. Passion is what teaching is all about. If it isn’t, quit teaching, amirite?

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by chineseteacher8 | August 17, 2015, 7:31 am

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