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Cy-Fair High School Teacher Connects To Students On First Day Of Class With Rap Video

Young saw the #SoGoneChallenge trending on Twitter and she decided to apply it to her classroom

Cy-Fair High School English teacher April Young create d a rap video to welcome students on first day of class.

Cy-Fair High School English teacher April Young is known for her non-conventional approach to teaching. This year, she decided to do something else.

In the weeks leading up to the start of the new school year, when Young saw the #SoGoneChallenge trending on Twitter, she decided to apply it to her classroom. Using only her smart phone, some video editing software and an R&B beat, Young produced a minute-long video of herself rapping about her English class.

"I think teaching is about 30 percent content knowledge and more like 70 percent theatrics," she says. "You have to be able to engage your students. If they can connect, the more engaged and obviously more successful they will be."


She showed the video to each class period and tweeted it out to get everyone excited about the back-to-school season.

"I started each class by going over standard procedures and expectations for class. Normal stuff," Young says. "That's when I projected the video. They weren't expecting it at all. Some of them were saying, ‘Oh, Ms. Young, you have bars!' Ultimately they loved it. They started tweeting it out and have been very complimentary."

Young explains the video's message served a dual purpose: "My message was that obviously I'm a teacher, I'm not a professional rapper, but if I'm willing to step out of my comfort zone and do something I'm not trained to do, this is a lesson you can apply to your everyday lives."

The teacher says that she spent approximately two hours writing the lyrics and recorded the final product in about five takes.