If you haven’t noticed lately, we’re pretty much in re-run land on tv. We all know this is because of the writers strike. I am a member of 2 unions. The first one I joined was the Bakers and Confectioners Union so I could work in a local bakery. And now I’m, of course, a member of my local teacher’s union. I believe in the power of unions. So my own little tribute is a re-run of my own. This is a story that happened to me a few years ago. It’s one of my better teaching stories. Enjoy!
When I went to school this morning I thought I was going to have a nice, uneventful day. You see, 1st hour I was taking my kids to see a “Motivational Speaker”. All you typically do during an assembly is make sure the students are attentive and not doing anything too embarrassing. We’ll just say that this one was a bit more interactive…
By the luck of the draw (assigned seats) I was sitting with my students in the first 3 rows of the auditorium. Reggie, the speaker dude, travels the country telling his message to students. He does a great job at mixing humor with various life lessons and “build up your self-esteem” messages.
During the part where he talks about drugs (you know… “say no to drugs”) he decides he’s going to do a rap about it. This is not a solo effort. He needs help. So he gets the students to yell and scream for their teachers to do it. Being as I was sitting in row two, you guessed it…
Three other teachers and I were suckered into coming to the stage. At first Reggie had us repeat what he said. Then he taught us what we needed to do to look cool while we did it.
You’ve got to stand with your feet in a wide stance and have your knees fairly loose so you can sort of “bounce” to the music. Then you put your right arm out in front of you kind of like you’re driving a car. So while you “bounce” to the rhythm, driving your car, you get to say this…
“Ain’t no party like a drug free party ‘cuz a drug free party don’t stop, uhh.”
Now when you do the “uhh” at the end you sort of throw your arm down across your body.
Now picture doing this in front of a few hundred students. Yep. That’s how I started my day today.
Whatever you get to do today at your job, hopefully you’re safe from having to rap in front of your colleagues!