Be Cool, Have Fun


Play song practices are intensifying in my classroom. We are only practicing one song at this point. I wrote it to the tune of Justin Bieber’s “Baby” and as such, the kids love it.

Surprisingly, I am having less trouble drawing song and dance out of this group than I did last year. That means that our rehearsals in our relatively small room are getting loud and drawing attention from others on our floor. I am taking the lead at this point because the kids don’t have all the words or steps down pat. And I’m louder than many.

In my colleagues’ eyes, I may be making a bit of a fool of myself the way I rock out to the music. But if I want the kids to Be the Biebs, I have to be the Biebs, too. That means attempting to slide across the floor, singing with emotion, and being excited.

On the way to a water break after a particularly intense rehearsal that saw me really get down and sweating like a maniac, I heard one of the girls say, “Mr. Ray is so cool!” Another colleague said it’s great that I’m throwing myself into it because the kids are having so much fun.

As far as I’m concerned, that’s really all that matters.

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