UPDATE: Just added a 3-part video of Matt lecturing to Vermont's Champlain College at the bottom of the post. Great stuff re: how/why he did the vids.
Tonight on Twitter, I left the following update:
2 years ago this very month, my car was unexpectedly totaled. Driving from the grocery store. Freak accident. Guy slammed into the passenger side of my car. I left the road. Missed a telephone pole by inches. Kind of a crazy moment that snuck up on me.
As each of us have experienced in our lives, the unexpected often gives us the opportunity to pause. Put things in perspective. Even when our brain continues to spin with imagine if it had been worse thoughts along the way.
It still impacts me the same way even now. Just had the pleasure of watching the latest-greatest version of his addictive dance steps from once corner of the globe to another.
No doubt this will go into the mustshowmystudents file for this coming fall.
Not sure what the parallel assignment/lesson will be. No matter. We'll cross that bridge when we get to it. As long as my kids spend a few minutes grooving with Matt, smiling along the way, we'll pull something academic-centric out.
The most recent video he shot with increased crowd participation:
All of this came back to mind thanks to Laura Deacs' tweet tonight which led me (once again) to one of new favorite edu-bloggers, Willy Kjellstrom, who offers a wild/dynamic thinking-out-loud process about Matt.
And ultimately it was watching Matt's latest dance film that brought me back to the unexpected moment 2 years ago. Strange paths. Worth following. Step by funky dance step.
UPDATE: Just discovered the talk Matt gave at Vermont's Champlain College that explains why he/how he made the dancing video. Some interesting moments about accident and pursuit in making your life come together. As a parent, I listened really closely to those parts. As a teacher, listened just as closely, too.