A middle school teacher in New Orleans used Beyoncé's song Formation to teach her 7th grade students geometry, and it's set the Internet on fire like a bag full of hot sauce. Ciera Paul, or as she will now be known, "The Coolest Teacher Ever", rewrote the lyrics of Beyoncé's anthem to help her students remember how to find the circumference of a circle, find area, and remember the degrees of different angles. The students rose to their feet as they sang "Geometry matters down in Louisiana" and "I bring A's home in my bag. Swag." It's a great example of creative teaching and how enthusiastic kids can be about learning if you find the right angle.
Paul posted this message on her Facebook alongside the video:
My students love to make beats and dance so I decided to teach them Geometry with a song. Of course my girls love Beyonce so I knew they would be on board. I was excited to see that my boys were just as invested.They can find the circumference and area of any circle :-).#7thgrademath #MsPaul #RCAAmiddleschool #NewOrleans #ReNewSchools
Swag indeed. The whole class joined in to sing the "remixed lyrics" in English and, partially, in Spanish. According to the video, the class came up with the choreography that accompanied Paul's lyrics. A day after the initial video was posted, Paul returned to Facebook with this message:
Thank you to everyone for all of the love on the video. I really really appreciate it. I was trying to reply to all of you who shared it but I just can't keep up.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I am proud to show some students from New Orleans in such a positive light.
This certainly inspires me to be even more creative as I continue my journey as a teacher.
Thank you all so much!!!!
What is the biggest take away from this musical math lesson? Beyoncé > common core.