This YouTube video shows a group of people at Antwerp train station performing a dance to the song do-re-mi from the Sound of Music. It is a great example of how a flash mob can capture the attention of many people in a public place. This strategy can be used to communicate a message or idea to a large number of people. We are interested in having our students produce a flash mob event to communicate their message about tolerance and unity to the community.
To begin this service, the students from each content area, math, English, and biology, will come together and view different flash mob videos. Since our school is very diverse and has its own community of dancers, artists, athletes, musicians, etc., students will be eager and willing to participate. In hopes to create awareness in the community that diversity is something that we cherish and embrace, our students will choreograph a dance to a song of their choice and dress in colors that represent the diversity that they see in society along with what they interpret the colors to mean.The dance will be performed at the Oceanside Sunset Market, where tons of people gather every Thursday evening. The dance will start off with the students being segregated and dancing their own choreography. By the time the song ends, they will dance in unity and be in a formation which depicts something beautiful. (Maybe a flower, or a mother holding a baby, or whatever they choose). In the end, the students' flash mob performance will show the public how differences in individuals can ultimately come together in unity to create something beautiful.
Planning for Service Learning
OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS TO:
Experience and explore diversity: Students will experience diversity within themselves and their group by participating in the diversity education and activity.
Participating in progress monitoring: Students will be assessed at the end of each lesson, culminating with the flash mob performance.
Lesson about careers: Assigned directorships will teach students valuable skills that relate to careers in the workplace.
Strengthen social, emotional, and character traits: Students will gain confidence and appreciation for the differences and similarities in their school and society.
Make global connections: Through research, students will make connections via subject matter.
Develop leadership: Students will be assigned directorship roles for flash mob activity.
Duration of the service learning experience (approximate timeframe): 2 weeks
Teacher collaboration: Dawn Gernhardt, Tina Ayers, Sean Sullins, Martha Kanemitsu-Parks
Public Awareness or Presentations Planned (including media alerting public officials, recognition, and celebrations): Students will videotape their performance and share it through social media sites. Students will alert local news organizations about the event. Students will promote the event at their school and community to gain support for their efforts. Students will have a celebratory gathering after the performance.
Tangible Product(s) from the Experience: Videotape of the performance