Dedicated Students Change Teacher's Snow Day Plans

Memphis English teacher Candous Brown led a Facebook Live class after students asked for help
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2018 11:00 AM CST
Nice work, Ms. Brown (and kids).   (Getty Images/izusek)

(Newser) – To teach or not to teach—that is the question. And Candous Brown chose "to teach" on Wednesday morning, even though her school in Memphis, Tenn., was closed for a snow day. WREG notes that the English instructor at Raleigh-Egypt High School was still in her "kitty-kat pajamas" and ready for a second day off from school due to the inclement weather when she got a message from a couple of her students who were trying to do their classwork from home on a text they were reading. "They were confused about some of the questions and they requested a lesson live over Facebook," Brown says, noting she'd never used the Facebook Live video feature before.

But she logged on and gave it a whirl, and before long, those initial couple of students were joined by about 40 others who wanted in on the live classroom discussion. It's not the first time Brown has made headlines. In October, she caught the media's eye after she made a rap song imploring senior students to act appropriately in school; some had recently misbehaved on a field trip and upset her, per WREG. "Now when they see each other, they tell each other 'you're supposed to … be the leaders,'" she said after her rap went viral. This time, though, she says all kudos should go to the kids for their motivation to learn over going outside for a snowball fight. "For them to actually have the drive and determination, the will to actually want to do this outside of school?" she says. "I'm very proud of them." (These teachers motivated by promising to eat worms and frog legs.)

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