This Kentucky teacher deserves a standing ovation for her rendition of the song, "Part of Your World," from Disney's "The Little Mermaid" that she rewrote to surprise her students.
Morgan True, 25, is a third grade teacher at Centerfield Elementary School in Oldham County, Kentucky. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, her school implemented remote learning, according to True.
"I've been trying to just get on [my student's] level, whatever they're passionate about," said True, noting that "Part of Your World" was in her head before deciding to rewrite it. "I just started singing ['Part of Your World'] around the house and I was like, 'Oh, I think I could maybe redo [the song]. Maybe my students would think that was cool.' So I started rewriting it and I did it all in one night."
True's version plays off the realities of life in quarantine for teachers and students. She swapped the iconic lyrics for ones that make the day-to-day situation a bit more magical, such as, "What would I pay to spend a day back in our classroom? What would I do just to see you smiling at me?"
"Teaching from home can only go so far. Schools are required for huggin', high-fivin'. Playing around on them -- what's that word, again? Playgrounds."
"I'll ask some questions and get some answers. Like what's a theme and how do we divide?"
On April 6, True shared the "Little Mermaid"-inspired video with her class and then on Facebook.
"My [students] are freaking out. They've been watching the views go up … they're very excited. It's been such a positive thing during this time," she said.
True said she keeps up with her students every day by video conference, but misses having that in-person connection.
"It's been difficult for [students] and teachers everywhere. We just found out yesterday that we won't be going back to school for the rest of the year," said True. "They miss their friends!"
Ultimately, True said she is thankful that her school has the resources to use technology for remote learning and is glad she found a way to engage with her students during these unprecedented times.
"It's hard, especially through a screen, to reach out to those little people. ... I've been blessed to be able to reach most of my kids through technology," said True. "I just try to continue to make them feel loved from far away and I think that's every teacher's goal everywhere."
True's favorite part of the song was the sentimental end note speaking directly to her students: "Even from here, isn't it clear? You are my world."
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