Sunday, August 8, 2010

Lyrics in the Classroom

In the past, I've used music and lyrics in my classroom to make a point, get students thinking or just for relaxation.  There are many songs that I'd love to use but just can't due to the actual lyrics.  The last such song is Not Afraid by EMINEM.  I do enjoy the song, lyrics and beat, however, I could never use it my classroom.  I might buy the single and dice it up in Garageband.

Until I get around to that, here are the lyrics that I find fascinating and will use at some point in my classroom, possibly on day 1.
I'm not afraid to take a stand
Everybody come take my hand
We'll walk this road together, through the storm
Whatever weather, cold or warm
Just let you know that, you're not alone
Holla if you feel that you've been down the same road

(Bridge)

And I just can't keep living this way
So starting today, I'm breaking out of this cage
I'm standing up, Imma face my demons
I'm manning up, Imma hold my ground
I've had enough, now I'm so fed up
Time to put my life back together right now
Why you ask?

The AVID program works with first generation college goers, students in the middle, those often overlooked, and others with all kinds of obstacles in their way.  Just about every line in the hook and bridge have some meaning to me. 

I feel that most of my students have "been down the same road," even though the roads are not exactly the same.  I also feel that they all need to break out of "cages."  That cage might be not speaking English, generational poverty, gangs and violence, drinking and drugs, or something else.

In the past two years of teaching AVID, I've seen a handful of students "put [their] life back together."  And it all starts with one day in AVID and taking a stand.  I can't wait to see what roads my students have gone down and what stand they are going to take.  I hope they'll walk the road with me and break out of the cage.  Maybe I'll even break of one my cages...

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