WATCH: Memphis teacher uses music to inspire her grade 2 students
A teacher in Memphis wrote a song for his second-graders that he hopes will inspire them for the rest of their school years.
MEMPHIS, Tennessee – A teacher in Memphis uses music to inspire his sophomores before they leave school for the summer. He hopes his words will give them words to live by that will inspire them for the rest of their school years.
In a community where children see tragedy every day, Nik Knight gives motivation and hope to his second graders at Dunbar Elementary School.
“You gonna say it, I feel smart, I feel good, I feel smart. It’s time to learn man, it’s time to learn,” Knight sang in a video for his students.
Knight wrote this song to improve children’s self-esteem. In the background of the video is instrumental music by Drake that Knight left YouTube because he says his students love the sound of hip hop. It excites them to learn.
“If a kid thinks he’s smart enough, often enough, he’ll believe it,” Knight said.
Knight could have taught at any other school in the country after graduating from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro a few years ago, but he chose Dunbar Elementary in the Memphis neighborhood of Orange Mound because he knew he could make a real impact in a community. who is often in the throes of violence.
“Orange Mound has a median income of around $ 30,000,” Knight said. “I am also aware that if you look around you there is a lack of resources, food and health care and the schools are underfunded.”
That’s why Knight stands in the gap for students who need a mentor.
Nik Knight says that whenever his kids have a math problem that they find too difficult, he makes them sing the song again to be confident.
He hopes the lyrics are something they will never forget.