My English Winter Camp students will learn to sing this song. The theme of the camp is Canada. Hockey being an important cultural Icon to Canada, I decided to incorporate a whole day’s worth of learning to hockey.
Students will learn hockey related vocabulary and play some in-class broom ball. Finally, they will learn to sing this song by Stompin’ Tom Connors.
I’m sure you’ll hear this cliché over and over again, but the doctor is in. It’s been a decade since his sophomore album, the highly acclaimed ‘Chronic 2001′ released (1999). Experiencing overwhelming success, the anticipation for Dr. Dre’s next album grew with each passing year. In 2004 members of the hip-hop and rap community began to hear rumours of 2004 being the year Dre released his third album titled, “Detox”. The album was all set to be released, but Dre pulled the plug on the project. Rather than give you a history lesson, you should just google Detox.
Anyways, Detox became a myth amongst the hip-hop/rap community. Fans were right to believe that the album would never be released. Every year, rumours of Detox being released reached massive heights (especially after many collaborators of Dre confirmed recording in studio with him). Despite all the evidence falling in place that an album release announcement would be imminent, Dre would inevitably pull the plug at the last second.
Music Video for the Single Kush from Detox (2011)
I have a high level of respect for the self-proclaimed doctor. Among being a producer for many highly reputable artists, an actor, a CEO, the head of a clothing-line, and of course a rapper; he’s a perfectionist. I’ll always hold a level of respect for anyone who is constantly perfecting their craft. I feel as though I’m the same way, but let’s not make this blog entry about me. Dr. Dre writes lyrics, spits and drops them like the best of ‘em. The reason he’s delayed his release date numerous times in the past is because he has never been completely satisfied with the mock-completed versions of Detox. This will be Dre’s final album, and the man promises a good show. He’s quoted to say that every track will be a single unto itself. Personally judging from Dre’s track record, and the fact that Chronic 2001 remains to be one of my top albums of all time, I believe that this feat could be reached.
Detox has reached levels of unbelievable hype, so high(no pun intended), that it may be near impossible to meet those expectations. Regardless, I still believe that Detox will be a great success. Here is a man who after touching the albums of many prominent hip-hop/rap/r&b/misc artists, the albums soon begin to shine with a gold or platinum lustre. The man is a magician, simply put. The fact that this album has been a decade in the making must mean that listeners should be getting the crème de la crème (one can only hope). And even after the release of his final album, I will still be anxiously awaiting the release date of yet another album by Dre, the B-sides and tracks that never made it to Detox. You gotta think, the man has probably recorded at least 5-6 tracks a year for Detox. Meaning roughly 75-80% of the tracks that potentially could have been on Detox never surfaced. I’d be curious to see what he passed up on.
I’d usually like close this blog post with my personalize complimentary closing, but I know I’m not the only one who feels this way about Detox. So let’s make it right.
The past couple weeks, I had to painfully teach a lesson that contain some erroneous facts. Links to the course content videos are below. Each lesson we’re required to sing the song in the textbook. This week, the song was too much. I refused to show it to my class. Instead, I did a cover of a different song on my ukulele. Maybe you’ll recognize it from your childhood. I also mixed in clips from the original video, mainly for my students….and also because they’re hilarious. The students were [un]lucky, as they got a live performance of this song. We sang this song together on my ukulele. It went over well, especially considering the fact that none of my grade 6’s ever like to sing.
Don’t Want To Live on The Moon – Sesame Street
“Lesson 14 – Would You Like To Come To My House”
This was the title of the Grade 6 lesson I had to teach for the past 2 weeks. There’s nothing unusual about this lesson, except for one thing. Rather than explain it, I’ll just show you.
Okay, so maybe you noticed it first time around. If you didn’t catch it, the video for the next day of this lesson will point it out as well.
… Did you get it that time? There’s no way you could miss it. But… just in case you did…. there’s another video for the next day of activities… well, it’s actually a song.
Alright, so this is a little concerning. A whole generation of Korean kids are growing up thinking that people in the outside world don’t take off their shoes in their homes. They’re basically demonizing the Western world as being a primitive kind of folk, one who walks in and smears dog crap all over their carpets. This kind of makes sense when you understand how xenophobic Koreans can be.
In the coming weeks, I’ve had to answer countless questions about whether I wear my shoes in my home. I tell them repeatedly that I do take off my shoes, and so does everyone that I know.