Thursday, April 11, 2013


I had someone contact me this week to share a video he made with his classroom.  I was mesmerized!

Check this out!

Once I finished watching, I wanted to know more about this teacher.

Meet Mr. Avina!

Q:  How long have you been teaching?
A: I have been teaching for 10 years, 9 years in kindergarten and one in 6th grade.

Q: How long did this project take?
A: The project took about 2 months. At the beginning of January, I began searching through my iTunes songs to find music that I loved and would best fit the story. Once I decided on the songs, I edited them with GarageBand to make them kinder-friendly. When I returned from break, I threw the Good Morning song out the window and replaced it with Madonna & Garbage. At the end of January, we began filming. By the end of February, the kids had learned the songs well enough to have their vocals recorded on my iPhone. The last scenes were shot at the beginning of March.

I was so CERTAIN that he spends his weekends with the film industry in California so...

Q: You appear to have some film experience... Can you tell us more about that?
A: I do not have film experience. I LOVE drama and the performing arts and I have been directing plays for 10 years, but this was my first venture into film. It was very much a trial-and-error process (fun and frustrating), and I ran it by friends for constant feedback as I was editing.

Q:  How did you go about filming this? Equipment? Editing software?
A: Some scenes were filmed with the whole group. Other scenes I filmed while the kids worked at their desks or were at their centers. The majority of the film was shot during recess and lunch. I pulled out small groups of kids and filmed it little by little (which is why it took so long to make). I used a Sony digital camera and a tripod.

I used GarageBand for the music and iMovie to edit the film.

Q: If a teacher wanted to attempt a similar project, where would you suggest they start? 
A: If a teacher wanted to do this, I would suggest reading the story for about a week and having different students act out different parts so that the teacher can have an idea about casting. Have a script ready, but be prepared to change it as the story evolves. Kids are creative, they will read beyond the text, and they will come up with their own lines and scenarios. Going with the flow is key.
Goodness!   I loved EVERYTHING about his video.   He has set the bar high for integrating technology, the arts, as well as other language arts.

Please leave some love for Mr. Avina and his class!  
Amazing!   Way to go the students in Mr. Avina's class!


  1. Ok a teacher friend of mine sent me this video and the wheels are already turning on how I could do this with my 1st graders. This guy is incredibly talented. So glad that he could share his creativity with all of us teachers! Great spotlight on a great teacher!

    Polka Dots, Checks and Stripes

  2. This is awesome! I was trying to figure out how to download it and bring it in for my students to watch (we can't have youtube at school). LOVE it!

    1. Try saving the link in Safe Share TV. You should be able to bring it up then... I like to put any You Tube video in Safe Share TV because then you don't get all of the advertisement and junk that you sometimes get with a direct You Tube link.

  3. I saw this in Pinterest over the weekend and pinned it immediately. I may be moving from 4th grade to Kindergarten next year and I think this would be so much fun to do (on a much small scale, since I fear I may not be as much of a super hero as Mr. Avina.)Love that you spotlighted it!!

    Super Pig and Tyrant King

  4. ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE! I am speechless and teary eyed. just amazingly beautiful, creative, and touching! Those students have learned so much just in this process. Every teacher needs to see this!

  5. That video is adorable!!!!!!! Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. Wow! That was amazing! Thank you so much for sharing. My 5 year old son watched it with me and he looooved it. At the end he was so happy that they got the nice teacher back. I guess hearing the story from children made more of an impact for him. Thank you so much for sharing!

    First Grade A to Z

  7. So glad to have had a chance to see this creative effort. Thanks so much for making it possible-- the interview is also insightful! YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!

    Debbie Clement

  8. That was absolutely AMAZING!! How cute are those kiddos?! I am totally blown away! Thank you for posting!! :)

    Jen's Kinder Kids

  9. That was amazing! I am sure it will be a memory those students will carry with them:) INSPIRING!

    The Resourceful Apple

  10. I love this video! Awesome work Mr. Avina! Those kids are so cute!
    Teaching in the Valley

  11. This was INCREDIBLE work!!! I love innovative teaching...especially when our kids are having a blast! What a lucky classroom to have such a wonderfully creative teacher. How wonderful! :)


  12. This is just fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing!

  13. SO much fun!!! How incredibly creative!!! The kids were awesome. I'm sure Mr. Avina is the talk of the school :)
    Mrs. Jones’s Kindergarten

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  15. This was fabulous! You could just tell the kids loved every minute of it and will remember this activity and Mr. Avina forever! I loved it! Thanks for sharing.

  16. Wow what a great creative video and awesome learning experience for those kiddos. Thanks for sharing it!

  17. This is the second time I've seen this video on a blog and I absolutely love it!! My favorite part is when the little girl says, "Why can't you treat me with the respect that I'm entitled to!" I'm definitely reading the book and showing this video to my kinders tomorrow. I just know they'll love it as much as I did!

  18. Hello everybody! Thank you very much for taking the time to watch. I really appreciate your beautiful comments. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask. :-)

  19. I saw this video on a FB page and shared it the other day. LOVE it and the kids are so great :)

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

  20. ADORABLE and INSPIRING!!! Thank you Mr. Avina for sharing this with everyone. Thank you Deedee for introducing us to Mr. Avina. Truly a treasure!!

    Learn + Play = PreK

  21. Unbelievable! I loved how engaged the kids were in the whole process.

  22. this was amazing! thanks for sharing !

  23. AMAZING! I loved this video... Mr. Avina is truly talented. I can't wait to see his next video! =)

    Think, Wonder, & Teach

  24. Absolutely loved this....what a wonderful way to bring Miss Nelson is Missing up to current day and inspire kids to dive into literature by doing it ! :)

  25. Wow! That was outstanding. I can't wait to read that story to my classes and then show them the video. They will love it! Thank you!

  26. Love, love, love! Great job Mr. Avina's class! ... and thank you to Deedee for sharing!
    An Open Door

  27. Wonderful! I actually had tears in my eyes. :)

  28. Mr. Avila video was amazing. His students are so entertaining. What a great way to use technology and performing arts with Kindergarteners. I loved it! Thanks for sharing this with us.

  29. Bravo!!! Incredible coincidence since I read this book just THIS week and did an art project to go with it!!! Looks like a ton of work. So awesome though!!! :) Love it!!!

  30. Isn't it amazing what our kiddos can do when we push them a little! I can't wait to share this!

  31. Suddenly, I feel like I suck as a teacher. HAHA! This video is amazing! JUST.LIKE.YOU.ARE.TOO.

  32. amazing.. I saw this a week or so ago on facebook. I just watched it again and loved it even more! I am planning on showing it to my first grade class soon too. They will love it too!

  33. This is awesome! Mr Avina, you are so gifted! I can only imagine how much of your own time went into this. I am so impressed and inspired!


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