When teaching is good, kids learn stuff. When it’s great, something far more inspirational happens.
A few people I follow tweeted/retweeted a video of some cute kids singing a popular song. It’s pretty good. Upon reading some more, it turns out that these kids – Staten Island NY’s PS22 5th Grade Choir – are becoming famous. They participated in the Oscars last year, have been featured on Oprah, and have an award-winning documentary coming out soon (“Once Upon a Lulaby”). They’ve even been featured in a Target commercial.
This is more than a viral video. It’s evidence of truly great teaching.
As the PS22 Chorus earned accolades, so did their teacher, Gregg Breinberg. And deservedly so. His teaching helps young adolescents find confidence, build friendships, collaborate with others, find value in hard work, and – most importantly – doing something with passion.
I don’t sit in Mr. B’s classroom, so I have no idea what curriculum he teaches or how well his students score on standardized tests. But spending a couple of hours on the web and youtube is evidence enough that this man is a ridiculous success. His teaching is clearly changing the lives of students. We should all aim to have the same goals with our children this year.