But for now, the songs have sparked a student competition that will continue in a different form this coming school year. During Project Pitch, students worked together to pitch a music video idea for Is This for Real? Expert judges from the movie and arts industry judged their plans, gave feedback and sent them off to produce the video. Because this was an extracurricular project, students mostly worked on it outside of school.
For the five chosen videos
, each school's Communication and Technology Department received $250, and the most popular video based on the number of "likes" garnered that department an extra $200.
Through this project, Paixão and the other four resource teachers who were involved wanted students and teachers to reflect, understand the message, collaborate and receive feedback on their work. Because of the popular vote, the project also engaged the public in reflecting on education.
This upcoming year, project organizers are thinking about organizing a music competition with Project Pitch instead of a music video competition. Students would create their own songs reflecting on what it means to be a 21st century student and how they need to learn so they can meet the board's graduate expectations
- Discerning believer
- Effective communicator
- Reflective, creative and holistic thinker
- Self-directed, responsible, lifelong learner
- Collaborative contributor
- Caring family member
- Responsible citizen
Students' songs would go before a judging panel again, but once the initial round was chosen, they would receive ongoing feedback from an assigned coach on a blog. Then their final performance would be judged.
By incorporating more feedback from community members throughout this musical project, Paixão hopes to strengthen partnerships with the community and encourage students to become self-directed, responsible and life-long learners.
Here are some of the lyrics for Is This for Real?
We’re the so called leaders of the future
And we’ll be put to the test
to come out and solve all the world’s problems
After twelve years of confinement to a desk
How do you conquer bias and oppression
by memorizing dates and facts?
I can mix chemicals in a tube
But, poverty? How do I react to that?
There’s more that we can do beyond the classroom walls
You got the wisdom and I do believe that
I can change it all
So, before you give me a task, you send me on a mission (Ask yourselves)
Is this for real? Is this for real? Is this for real?
There’s a big shift in the wind’s direction
Pushing you to let me go
to explore all my dreams and my passions
Then, bring me back and challenge me to save the world