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Teacher Hailed a Genius for Using Taylor Swift’s Shake it Off to Teach Kids 8 Times Table

Teacher Using Taylor Swift Song to Teach Students Their 8 Times table Goes Viral on TikTok

If you are lucky enough to have a really amazing teacher at some stage during your schooling journey, one who ignited a passion in you to learn  and who really got you, you remember that teacher forever. Something tells us that special education. teacher from Philadelphia, Mr C known on TikTok as @teachwithmrc, may well be one of the memorable ones. Sharing the creative way he is teaching his class the 8 times table on TikTok this week, elementary teacher Mr C quickly went viral!

In the video, Mr C’s students can be heard singing alternative words to the iconic pop song by Taylor Swift — Shake it Off.

“”I can count by eight. Got so much in my brain,” the song starts.

“8, 16, 24444, mmm hmmmm. 8, 16, 24444, mmm hmmmm.

32, 40, but wait.

There’s also 48.

56 and 64, mmm-mmm.

56 and 64, mmm-mmm.

But I keep counting.

72, 80.

It’s like I got these eight facts in my mind.

Saying I’m gonna count by 8.

Cause I’m just gonna count by 8, 8, 8.

The haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.

I’m just gonna count by 8, 8, 8. Count by 8. Count by 8”

@teachwithmrc My students are so hyped for the Eras Tour in Philadelphia with @Taylor Swift this weekend! They hope this Shake it off count by 8 version goes viral and Taylor sees this one. #swifttok #taylorswift #erastour #teachwithmrc #teacher #teachersbelike #swiftie #swifties #philadelphia #bethlehem #teachersoftiktok ♬ original sound – Mr. C | Elem Spec Ed Teacher

“My students are so hyped for the Eras Tour in Philadelphia with @Taylor Swift this weekend!” Mr C wrote.  “They hope this Shake it off count by 8 version goes viral and Taylor sees this one.”

While its unclear whether Taylor Swift has seen the super cute video, it quickly went viral and to date (just 4 days after being posted) has been viewed over 9 million times, with viewers quick to praise his clever teaching method.

“This is amazing! I wish every teacher made learning fun!,” commented one viewer.

“This is the most brilliant teaching strategy ever! Also, I am almost 40 and I will no long have to count on my fingers,” quipped another.

“You have this grown as man jamming out in the break room singing along with these kiddos! 😂😂😂’

Apologies for the ear worm! But at least you know your 8 times table now! With special thanks to Mr C.


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Jolene enjoys writing, sharing and connecting with other like-minded women online – it also gives her the perfect excuse to ignore Mount-Washmore until it threatens to bury her family in an avalanche of Skylander T-shirts and Frozen Pyjama pants. (No one ever knows where the matching top is!) Likes: Reading, cooking, sketching, dancing (preferably with a Sav Blanc in one hand), social media, and sitting down on a toilet seat that one of her children hasn’t dripped, splashed or sprayed on. Dislikes: Writing pretentious crap about herself in online bio’s and refereeing arguments amongst her offspring.

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