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The best ideas don't come from google. They also don't come from Pinterest- (shocking, right?) The best ideas come from kids! I am fortunate to have a lot of great kids in my life of which I gain many ideas and perspectives- and my favorite kid, is my son Tyler. Tyler has a lot of really great ideas.
I love creating and developing a classroom theme. Last year, my classroom theme was Disney. This year, the theme is Trolls! If you haven't seen the movie, it has a GREAT soundtrack; which was one of my biggest reasons for selecting this theme. Music is a wonderful teacher and motivator. Music is a common language we all understand. In the past, with classroom themes, I have taken songs related to the theme and changed the words to match the activities in the classroom.
The other day, I was telling a friend that I wanted to change the lyrics to the song "Can't Stop the Feeling" by Justin Timberlake. Tyler turns to me and says, "Mom, you should do [sings] "Can't Stop the Learning".Great idea Tyler!

And from that idea, I developed these lyrics ( as you read this, you should pair it with this you tube link so you can hear how it fits https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KAZX8i_RPQ) - who knew a blog could be so interactive!? :

I got this feeling inside my brain
It goes electric, wavey when I turn it on
All through the school, all through the halls
We're flying up, no ceiling, when we in our zone.

I got that sunshine in my pocket
Amazing students in their seats
I know that they can do anything. They can’t be stopped.  
I can't take my mind up off it. Learning so phenomenally.
Room never locked, the way we rock it, so don't stop.

As your teacher I will work from the heart
Do your best, that’s the important part
When we learn, well, you already know
So just imagine, just imagine, just imagine.

Nothing I can see but you when you learn, learn, learn
A feeling good, good, creeping up on you
So just learn, learn, learn, come on
All those things you already know
But you learn, learn, learn
And ain't nobody leaving soon, so keep learning.

I can't stop the learning
So just think, reflect, retain
I can't stop the learning
So just dance, dance, dance, come on

Ooh, it's something magical
It's in the air, it's in your brain, it's rushing on
You have every reason, to do your best
So much to learn, apply, so you can show the rest.

'Cause you got that sunshine in your pocket
And amazing students in their seats
I know that they can do anything. They can’t be stopped.  
I can't take my mind up off it. Learning so phenomenally
Room never locked, the way we rock it, so don't stop

As your teacher I will work from the heart
Do your best, that’s the important part
When we learn, well, you already know
So just imagine, just imagine, just imagine

Nothing I can see but you when you learn, learn, learn
Feeling good, good, creeping up on you
So just learn, learn, learn, come on
All those things you should show
When you learn, learn, learn
And ain't nobody leaving soon, so keep dancing
I can't stop the learning
So just dance, dance, dance
I can't stop the learning
So just dance, dance, dance
I can't stop the learning
So just dance, dance, dance
I can't stop the learning
So keep dancing, come on
I can't stop the, I can't stop the
I can't stop the, I can't stop the
I can't stop the learning

Nothing I can see but you when you learn, learn, learn (I can't stop the teaching)
Feeling good, good, creeping up on you
So just dance, dance, dance, come on (I can't stop the teaching)
All those things I shouldn't do
But you dance, dance, dance (I can't stop the learning)
And ain't nobody leaving soon, so keep dancing
Everybody sing (I can't stop the learning)
Got this feeling in my body (I can't stop the teaching)
Got this feeling in my body (I can't stop the learning)
Wanna see you move your body (I can't stop the teaching)
Got this feeling in my body
Break it down
Got this feeling in my body, come on
Written by Justin R. Timberlake, Martin Karl Sandberg, Johan Karl Schuster • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group
Words changed to fit a cute classroom theme by Amy Mangold 

Hope you had fun reading this blog entry. And if you, or anyone you know has an "in" with Justin Timberlake, tell him I'd love for him to sing this school version. And of course, if he wanted to do a music video, my students would be excellent candidates for little music video stars.

 Tyler pictured here with another great idea he had: To pose as if he was relaxing on the sand. Olaf followed his lead. ;o)