Friday, December 12, 2008

Around the World

I like to show little video clips at the end of morning meeting to ease the transition into the more academic part of the day.

Last week I showed "Where the Heck is Matt?" (O.k. "Heck" isn't the actually the title but none of my students read and the overwhelming multi-cultural message of the video is worthwhile enough to forgive the less than acceptable word usage in the classroom.) Today Paul Hamilton shared the "Stand by Me Around the World", which is in the same theme as "Where the Heck is Matt?".

Whether your students just enjoy the auditory and visual stimulation of the music and video or they understand the broader implications of world wide diversity and the commonality of the arts these videos are a great educational tools.

Playing For Change: Song Around the World "Stand By Me" - For more of the funniest videos, click here

By the way the comments of the paraprofessionals were perhaps the best part of watching, "Where the Heck is Matt?", for example, "Timbuktu is a real place?", "What-a-stan? Is that really a country?", "I haven't heard of half these places!"

Also the links are to the non-You Tube versions of the videos because so many schools (including mine) have You Tube blocked.

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