With tremendous thanks to Lisa Parisi, I have found how I will start my year off with my new seventh graders in August. Lisa shared this video with us on Twitter this morning, and I can't stop thinking about it. I've decided to show my students this video and ask them one question: "How will we connect with the world this year?" I don't expect them to go out and dance their way across the planet, but I do want connections made.
In this video you will see an American man named Matt Harding doing one simple thing: dancing. But what you will also see are real human connections being made in a universal language: dancing. You can watch the video here, but I recommend you go to YouTube and, before the video starts, click on "watch in high quality" right underneath the video (you can also choose to watch it full screen). It really makes a difference!
My favorite parts are the ones with kids (in Fiji and the Solomon Islands), the tribesmen in Papua New Guinea, and the dancers in India. That one is priceless!