So many of you who know me, know that I absolutely love the movie "Sister Act II: Back in Habit" (It's actually a family favorite and Ohana favorite)---and if you don't... Now you do :)
Here's my story:
Last year, I was the focus of a PhD-of-Educational-something candidate's dissertation on teaching personas and the development of how you actually come to realize your personality as a teacher. I was observed, interviewed, and informally questioned on many occasions about who I am as a teacher (ok this and sister act totally tie together... I promise!).
In the course of the interviews, I found myself quoting none other than, "Sister Mary Clarence" from Sister Act II and the movie quotes--the very best being, "If you want to be somebody, and if you want to go somewhere you better wake up and pay attention!"
I remember telling the PhD candidate that I hoped to one day tell my students that quote, to be like Sister Mary Clarence in the engagement factor of teaching, and to really get through to my students by knowing them and what gets them going while still maintaining "me" and showing my true self to them.
Ever since the interviews I dreamed of truly bringing some sister act II into my future classroom and today was the realization of the dream.
I posted the words on a poster--had students read it, tell me what they thought the quote meant, talked about it and what it meant for our music class and then We SANG IT! PURE JOY and fun!
I was simply and completely tickled inside as each elementary class sang the words.
I am happy to say the quote will now be routine in our music class! HAPPY!
while my third graders were singing it, an Italian teacher who speaks limited english popped her head in because she recognized the tune and ALSO LOVES the movie--I mean that's just destiny for us to be friends :)
So there you have it... dreams really do come true--even the little ones that we maybe think are insignificant when we dream them up--or silly to think of!
I'll leave an actual soundbite from the original movie: