Today’s Friday funny about the rapping teacher is a mixture of fun and inspiration.
I am not sure how I came across this video of Mark Grist but it certainly got my attention!
I have embedded 2 videos:
The first is a short video of mark rapping in the classroom.
The second is a video of mark at a rapping contest with a student. The best video I could find was 17 minutes long so I have edited it down to give you the best bits. I would encourage you to listen to the students view of education as he raps. There is a bit of swearing in the video (should teachers be allowed to swear??? – a topic for another post maybe…) I showed it to one teacher and their response was “He gets to say to this student something I wish I could say to my students most days!”
To give you some context.
The rap challenge is meant to be a slanging match. It has the appearance of being quite hostile but it is part of the ‘show’.
What I love about the video:
- I love that this teacher who looks like he couldn’t rap to save his life is willing to take these guys on their own turf and their own terms and use his skills to make an impression where most teachers would just give up.
- I love the rapport that is built between the rapping teacher and this community of young people
- I love the fact that a teacher is able to engage with students in this way. It is a shame that he has quit English teaching to pursue rapping, but who knows maybe he will be able to influence more people in this way.