Saturday, June 28, 2008

Dance Globally

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!

2 comments:

Willis Whitlock said...

Hey, thanks for sharing the video. It sounds trite, but I found that I was smiling by about a third the way in. It made me smile.

I'm a little envious. I don't get to start with 7th graders in August like I have the last few.

But I'll come up with some way to show this to students.

Isn't Twitter great!

Vicky said...

Great idea on how to share it with your students. I saw this video and loved it but didn't think about using it in class.