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Teacher sends videos to kindergartners each morning of hilarious performance
Once the school found out about it the videos were sent up the ladder to the department of education.
Rebecca Reid
09.15.21

One teacher has his kindergarten class laughing through the lockdown.

Teachers, students, and parents all struggle with the challenges of remote learning due to the pandemic. For elementary-age kids and their teachers, it is especially challenging to make remote learning exciting and engaging.

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One teacher has found his own way of making the most of this very unusual time in education.

Brendan Jackson, a teacher in Newcastle, is being recognized for making some very entertaining and silly videos for his kindergarten class. In the videos, Jackson dances and sings to get his class motivated to start their day. The videos have brought a much-needed boost of fun into the remote learning environment at New Lambton South Public School.

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Mr. Jackson has produced 30 lesson plans as music videos for his students during remote learning in 2020. – abc.net.au

The songs are all familiar to the kids but Mr. Jackson has changed the lyrics to suit the current times. His renditions of hits from the Backstreet Boys and Disney are laughter-inducing and energy-boosting.

Mr. Jackson still produces daily videos for his students during the current lockdown.

Principal Andrew Pryce praised Mr. Jackson for his unique way of engaging the kids during tough times. He mentioned that the performances helped to “bring much-needed smiles as they endured another period of remote learning.” – abc.net.au

“I think the whole New Lambton South Public School community looks forward to Brendan’s videos every morning.” – Principal Pryce told ABC Newcastle

Always fun learning at NLSPS, thanks to Mr Jackson.

Posted by New Lambton South Public School on Thursday, August 12, 2021

The New Lambton South Public School gives Mr. Jackson some deserved recognition on their Facebook page.

‘Kindergarten teacher, Mr. Brendan Jackson has this week been recognised by the Department of Education for his outstanding effort in engaging his students during the COVID shutdown. Mr. Jackson created incredible videos for his class each morning which were viewed hundreds of times on social media. Mr. Jackson has been awarded a Regional North Executive Directors award which he will receive later in the term. Great work Mr. Jackson!” – Facebook @New Lambton South Public School

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When his school lockdown ended in August of 2020, Mr. Jackson was ready with the perfect celebratory video for his class.

Wearing a red wig, Mr. Jackson sang and danced as Anna, the character from Disney’s Frozen. His rendition of ‘For the First Time in Forever‘ from the movie Frozen was the perfect way to invite his students back to class.

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“For the first time in forever, I won’t have to log onto Zoom…Don’t know if I’m elated or gassy, but I’m somewhere in the zone…Cos for the first time in forever, I won’t be alone.” – Mr. Jackson Facebook @New Lambton South Public School

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New Lambton South Public School uploaded the video of Mr. Jackson as ‘Anna’ from Frozen.

Principal Pryce added that Mr. Jackson teaches the kids that “it’s OK to take risks, it’s OK to look a bit silly.”

“They just absolutely adore him.”- Principal Pryce told ABC Newcastle

Congratulations for all of your hard work Mr Jackson!

Kindergarten teacher, Mr Brendan Jackson has this week been recognised by the Department of Education for his outstanding effort in engaging his students during the COVID shutdown. Mr Jackson created incredible videos for his class each morning which were viewed hundreds of times on social media. Mr Jackson has been awarded a Regional North Executive Directors award which he will receive later in the term. Great work Mr Jackson!

Posted by New Lambton South Public School on Thursday, August 27, 2020

We hope Mr. Jackson keeps on dancing and bringing smiles to his school community during this very unique time.

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By Rebecca Reid
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