Unless you've been living under a rock, you're more than likely aware that Drake's "In My Feelings" track was and still is the most popular song of the year. The song debuted over the summer and became popular when a well-known comedian's choreography to the song went viral. This led to thousands of "In My Feelings" challenge videos. So...if you didn't know, now you know! I posted a video below for you latecomers:
One thing I love about teaching is that it "keeps me young." If it weren't for my middle schoolers, I'd probably still be living in the early 2000s. Because of them, I stay up to date on the latest music, technology, fashion, video games, and so much more. As a result, I have the luxury of connecting with them through my lessons. This year, I'm trying my best to make sure that students have fun while learning. There is no better way to accomplish this than to consider what they like during the lesson planning process. I can recall lesson planning in the past and designing lessons I personally felt were 'cool' or 'interesting,' but sometimes, an adult's "cool" or "interesting" doesn't exactly align with a kid's "cool" or "interesting" You get what I'm saying? This is when you step out of your grown-up shoes and into the shoes of a 12-year-old.
This year, I decided to allow students to review prepositions by writing a song to the tune of Drake's "In My Feelings." The requirements were to include the definition and examples of prepositions in their song. They worked in groups to complete the task. Materials included the planning sheet that you see below, writing utensils, and of course the instrumental. While students wrote their lyrics, I played the music through the classroom speakers. This lasted for a day and a half. After completion of the assignment, I gave students the opportunity to present. Many groups were incredibly shy. However, 1 group gave it a shot. They did a GREAT job! See the video below! I've also included finished songs from my students for your viewing.
Overall, I believe my students had fun! Some students were far away from their comfort zone, but that's a good thing! I think we'll never discover who we truly are and what we're capable of until we learn to try things that make us feel a bit uncomfortable. As Nelson Mandela once said, "It seems impossible until it's done."