As some of my readers may know, I have spent the last 10 months studying to earn my Masters of Arts in Teaching from George Fox University. That program is now coming to an end, and I am graduating TOMORROW. Clearly this is madness.
I wanted to mark this transition from school to work somehow, but I wasn’t sure what the best way to do that would be. Then I remembered a song I heard a couple months back:
I love this song for the obvious skill of the musicians, the somewhat cynical nature of the lyrics, but also just stylistically. This gave me an idea: I could write a parody.
And so I did. I put my old media production skills to use, whipped up some new lyrics, and recorded the whole thing this weekend.
Now obviously I am not as skilled a musician as Mick Moloney and his compatriots. Also, I recorded this with the built-in microphone on my 6-year-old macbook. However, I would like to think that my lyrics are witty, and I hope the sound quality is at least tolerable. Enjoy!
Here are the lyrics:
Around ten months ago today we went to Newberg green
And we told ourselves the benefits of crushing debt could be seen
We joined that proud tradition of helping kids to learn
And we set out on the road that day a new degree to earn
We talked about diversity and how best to respond
And we learned the tricks of our newfound trade in classes short and long
And every day all summer long, till we were wont to swoon
And we waited for the moment when we’d have our own class room.
There was Dr. Tom Buchanan, Brenda Morton and Amy Dee
And we listened and we wrote a lot as we learned how best to teach
And though we’ve lost some sleep, we’ve made some friends along the way
We’re pushing through, it’s all over soon at the George Fox MAT
When we first went into our schools, we felt a little fear
Cause everything was fresh and new, the learning curve was sheer
We learned the ropes while on the run, it was a trial by fire
And when at home we nodded off, cause teaching makes you tired
When crafting new assessments, we kept the standards clear
The protests of our students put strain upon our ears
But if they were proficient, We’ll pass them with a C
Though we’re feeling dead, we’ll push ahead in the George Fox MAT
I’ve heard it said a hundred times that teaching can’t be hard
But I think those kinds of people have earned our disregard
Just ask them about scaffolding or the EdTPA
And watch them as they finally learn to watch just what they say
When it’s time for action research we were all on the back foot
To analyze our SLGs seemed like we would go caput
We pushed on through the hardship, and soon we’ll have degrees
After presenting all our posters at the George Fox MAT