Have you ever listened to a song on the radio and enjoyed the beat and tune, and then later watched the video and were blown away with the actual meaning? This has happened to me a number of times. I can say I don't really listen to the words, but when the video is added to a song, the meaning takes off. Firework, by Katy Perry is a great example of a good song with a powerful video attached. I didn't realize until I watched the video that this song signifies being proud of who you are and that everyone is a "firework." So many songs have wonderful lifelong messages in them.
I guess it's the visual learner in me that needs to connect words with pictures. Think about this when teaching students. Not all students get meaning from text or audio. Not all students learn through lecture, technology, and not all are on the same page as the teacher. More and more literature and research states that differentiated learning opportunities are needed in our classrooms. This is not an easy task when a teacher has 30 students, and thousands of learning outcomes to meet in a year.
It is reassuring to me that the following video is posted on the Alberta Education Website. I believe the powers to be are listening and doing their homework to make our educational system a better one.
This post is dedicated to my children; they are "Fireworks."