Teacher Music Videos Go International

By Gunnar Fairbairn

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Worldwide teachers are having too much fun — dressing up singing, laughing, and actually enjoying their jobs. Students can be rowdy, rude, and downright despicable but these teachers aren’t letting that get in their way. This positive outlook is exemplified by a recent video produced by my own school Catlin Gabel (in Portland, Oregon) and our sister school in Spain.  Both schools recently made all faculty music videos to kick off the summer. The videos are hilarious and although the teacher in Spain had costumes, Catlin Gabel really created something special with their sing-along to “Shut up and Dance With Me” by Walk The Moon. I highly suggest a brief diversion to watch each of the videos before continuing with this article. Spain School’s Summer Music Video Catlin Gabel’s Music Video to the song of “Shut up and dance with me” by Walk The Moon It is traditionally thought the teachers should maintain some sense of pride and fear-based respect hierarchy with their students. Dancing and making fools of themselves only lowers their social standing with them dancing about and sometimes in crazy outfits. As history teacher Dave Whitson points out in the beginning Catlin Gabel’s Video “its embarrassing” and “why should we have to dance?” Although this is true and teachers should maintain a respectful relationship with students, it is also important that students and teachers be allowed to have a bit of fun. By making these videos and embarrassing themselves teachers are forming a stronger connection with their students. Humiliation becomes a form of respect and helps to assert the idea that everyone student or teacher is equal. Teachers should take pride of showing their crazy sides and being confident enough to express themselves setting a positive example for their students who aren’t always able to express themselves due to social pressures or overburdening school work. Sarcasm and humor aside, these videos from Catlin and Spain should be viewed as a means of positive change. Hopefully a school near you is able to come up with a funny video of their own. Photo Credit: Vladimir Pustovit

About Grace Masback

Grace Masback, 17, aspires to give voice to the voiceless and holds the modest ambition of becoming the voice of Gen Z. Frustrated by the dearth of impactful platforms for teen journalists, she founded WANT, a news, sports, and entertainment website that aggregates the best in high school journalism from school newspapers and teen bloggers around the world (www.wantnewsforteens.com).

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