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I went to college to be a P.E. teacher, not an English teacher. So when my Principal told me I was going to teach ELA, I initially thought she was joking. As a student, English was my worst subject. As a 7th grader, I had to take summer school because I failed the class (little did I know then, but that has helped me be a better English teacher than anything else. No kid I teach will ever fail because I sat there and let them - but that is another story). Anyway, my Principal was one tough cookie. She expected the very best out of the teachers and the students. (Just a side note here - the Principal I am speaking of passsed away two years ago. The school I am now at was renamed after her in her honor) So, back to the story. Accord to the state curriculum, I was supposed to teach a unit on poetry. I knew that if I jumped right in talking about iambic pentameter and the works of Rudyard Kipling I would turn off student interest very quickly. I decided to start with letting the kids listen to some rap music and let them see how rap music was essentially poetry. From there, we would discuss what message the song was trying to send. It was an easy way to introduce the unit. So there we are, a class room full of 7th grade students with me leading them through RUN DMC's It's Like That. We were singing and clapping when all of a sudden the door swings open and there is Mrs. Jenkins-Moore, the Principal. I just knew she would be furious and the kids did as well because other than the music from the CD, the class went silent. I thought I was a dead man and wanted to shrink down and hide in the cracks of the floor. To our total dismay, Mrs. Jenkins-Moore starting singing and clapping right along with the song. Our jaws hit the floor, because we had never seen her "let loose" like that before. I guess you had to be there for that to be funny, and there are certainly some moments I have shared with my class that were memorable (9/11, Obama swearing in ceremony) but as far as ridiculous goes, that one certainly stands out.