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 standWhy you ask?
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
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
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...