Dancing for ‘advanced’

Teachers and students rap and dance about earning advanced test scores at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School in Washington, D.C.  I like: “Figurative language ain’t no thang.”

Haynes runs from pre-K through middle school: About half the students are black, one quarter Hispanic and the rest mostly white. Scores are high, especially in middle school.

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  1. and we wonder why teachers get no respect? We do it to ourselves.

  2. Ugh.

  3. Michael E. Lopez says:

    I’m not going to go so far as to say that what these teachers hath wrought is a mistake on their part…

    But I will offer a purely subjective viewpoint: I’d be utterly humiliated to have done something like this and there would be no way I’d be able to face my students the next day.

    Still, I’m a fan of authenticity in teaching. If that’s who you really are, if something like this feels like a natural way to make a point, well, more power to you. Good teaching takes many forms and is its own justification: the wrong shall fail, the right prevail, etc.

  4. redkudu says:

    “We some trained test takers.”

    “We do prep to find the answers.”

    The kids in the background don’t look like they know quite what they’re advertising – just following beat and teacher’s exaggerated movements. It’s a little creepy. The kids seem driven by the music, the teachers are providing the content. Becomes more discordant as it progresses.

    Weird, monotone, and teacher-driven performance – is this what teachers are driven to, to prove student engagement and creativity?

  5. Mike Curtis says:

    Drop it like it’s hot…what will they ever do to get their self respect back? These teachers reached no student(s) beyond those who saw an opportunity to avoid their responsibility to learn. I’m embarassed by proxy.

  6. Amy in Texas says:

    It’s not a mistake, just a terrible waste of time and resources for test prep. This accomplishes absolutely nothing. It’s not even good entertainment.

  7. I think this is great! As I read through all the negative comments I am willing to bet that none of you actually work in a population similar to Haynes…… or with a diverse population of children. Sure this approach probably wouldn’t work in every school or with every child- but guess what it works here and with these kids!
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  8. Amy in Texas says:

    Wrong Carra. I work in a Title I HS with over 2000 students. It’s very “diverse” (low SES, majority Hispanic, then Black, then White).
    Maybe they do this AND have good test scores… but it’s not a causal relationship.