This Video Will Self Destruct


So, a few weeks ago, I was sitting in my kitchen, enjoying a few glasses of wine, and flipping through my school calendar.  Suddenly, I realized that 8th grade day was coming up soon.  Our school does a big 8th grade celebration day at the end of every year.  All 8th grade students and teachers get to skip classes all day and participate in a lot of really fun activities.  There is free time outside, where you can knock teachers into the dunk tanks, play basketball, dance to music on the blacktop, throw water balloons at people, or just hang out.

(Though, this year the dunk tank was not quite so “dunk” or “tank.” Not sure what happened there. But it was still pretty terrible for the teachers and pretty funny for the students, so I guess that’s a win.)


Then, we come inside for a game show in the gym.  That is a lot of fun.  Then we head to lunch, and after lunch there is the 8th grade talent show.


And that’s when it hit me – WE SHOULD DANCE IN THE TALENT SHOW!  I drank a few more glasses of wine while I came up with my plan, and by 11:00 that night, I was ready to go.  And slightly drunk.

I went to school the next day and immediately recruited one of my favorite teachers who is young, fun, and (most importantly in this situation) a leader.  I figured if I got her to agree, the rest would follow.  AND THEY DID!  All in all, I recruited 12 teachers to dance with me.  And not just any dance.  We were going to learn Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” dance.

So, we began to have rehearsals after and before school for the two weeks leading up to the talent show.  It was hysterical!  I loved it!


By the day of the talent show, three of our dancers had dropped out (wimps…you know who you are…). That left nine of us. And we were ready! Or, at least THEY were. Somehow, I was voted to stand in the front because this was my idea. But that was a terrible idea because I didn’t know the dance very well, and because when I get nervous, I turn into a 2nd grader.


My nervous default is to just dance. “When it doubt, dance it out,” I tell my students. And this was no exception. What a fun place to work! What an awesome job to have! What amazing people to work with! I’m a lucky girl.

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34 Thoughts to “This Video Will Self Destruct”

  1. Sonya

    Fantastic! I could never do that! Some days I wish I could, but I just can’t!

  2. Way to ROCK IT OUT, Katie! You owned that dance! xxoo

  3. Awesome! And I don’t what you’re talking ’bout that you didn’t know the dance well–you were rockin! 🙂

  4. This is amazing! First of all, I think it’s awesome how much the students were all rooting for you gals! Seems like a great place to be. And you did fantastic!!! So brave and fierce! Lovvvvved it!

  5. Miranda

    I LOVED this! Y’all are too cute! Kids need more teachers like you!

  6. Sara

    Katie, you are so awesome 🙂

  7. looks like you had the best time lol. I wish I had guts like that

  8. This is awesome. You guys have got to be the coolest teachers ever. (Coming from another amazingly cool teacher in Michigan).

  9. Aimee

    That is so awesome!

  10. Christy

    You rocked it, girl!!! I love your spunk!

  11. FWIW, I just watched this with my 3 year old and he said “I like that girl the most” and pointed to you 🙂

  12. Nigeria H

    Omg! This reminds me of high school! At my school, we had Dancing with the Teachers every year. Students formed groups and one teacher was assigned to a group. Then they choreographed a dance. It was always HILARIOUS!! Loved you guys’ video!

  13. Amanda H

    That was great!!! The kids at your school are lucky to have such fun teachers.

  14. Michelle

    You did great! Good for you! I remember my teacher and the principal did stuff like this for our talents shows in Elementary School and to this day they remain some of my fondest memories.

  15. i love all the kids with their cell phones out taking videos…have you checked you tube yet? i think you’re about to go viral…

  16. you did exactly what I would’ve done!! Love this dance – great idea {yay for sitting around drinking wine!}

    ps. my husband just did the shuffle walking to the kitchen 😉

  17. Jenna

    Ha! You are kind of my hero! And if that doesn’t say “bring on summer” then I don’t know what does. 🙂

  18. Seriously I almost just shot lemonade out of my nose. That was amazing. I salute you and your bravery. I dig your saying “When in doubt, dance it out.” My accounting teacher will be very amused during my final next week when I adopt this.

  19. Dessi

    That was so great! Those kids are sure going to miss you! I bet there are lots of other videos of this from the cell phones I saw.. Lol!

  20. If Beyonce sees this, she will be calling you for some dance lessons. Well done! …as for me, I would have to have a few glasses of wine pre dance to even get me near that stage!!!

  21. Awesome! What a great teacher you are and what a great place to work. 😀 xx

  22. THAT WAS AWESOME!! You did a great job!! Great idea!!!
    teach us the choreagraphy please..

  23. Meghan

    That was awesome. What a great middle school teacher you are……middle schoolers terrify me but clearly you are wonderful with them.

  24. That’s hysterical! You all did an amazing job. I’m sure the students loved it. And you did so well! When you don’t know a part of the dance, you’ve just got to keep dancing..and that’s what you did! It was seamless. 🙂

  25. Love it!! I watched it twice! 🙂 I know all your kiddos loved it!

  26. Melissa

    I AM IN TEARS!!!! You’ve ruined my morning makeup! SO WORTH IT, though. That made my week!~

  27. So fabulous!! I bet the kids LOVED it!! You guys are my teacher heroes!

  28. Jess

    This was amazing and those kids will remember this for years, what a great teacher you are!

  29. Awesome, awesome, awesome! You are such a fun teacher and clearly so full of joy for those students. They’re super lucky to have you.

  30. Jen

    oh em gee. That was so cute! You rocked that dance girl What a fun time for you students! Something they will always remember!

  31. I just made my whole family watch this! And Connor clapped! They wish they had such a cool mama.

  32. Cindy

    You did an awesome job– that made me smile:)) My son just finished 8th grade and I really wish you would have been his teacher:))

  33. Kat

    YOU ARE HILLARIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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