Queen band words were so right: “If you can’t beat them, join them.”
Of course, we are not on a battle with our students, but there is a constant need to get closer to their world and understand what interests them.
The closer we reach, the better we teach!
As an ESL teacher, I found the magic in teaching with popular music. Music makes our students dance, smile, and sing.
It transforms the lesson into joyful and exciting learning time.
It is true. There is a need for some preparations. But it worth every minute of them!
How can you do it?
1. Set goals and purposes for your lesson and decide what is the study material you need to teach.
2. Per your goals, think about how you can add songs and music.
Maybe at first, it will be a little hard, but when you will do it once, twice, the decision will be simpler.
3. Use lyric.com search engine to look for a title or a sentence from a song/songs. Be creative and open your mind for interesting results.
4. How you can add the songs to your lesson:
a. Warm up at the beginning of the lesson.
b. In the middle of the lesson, as a little break.
c. At the end of the lesson, as “end of lesson fun.”
d. You can use the “Just Dance” app songs and dances. There are so many opportunities.
e. You can use the fantastic “Go Noodle” songs and dances.
f. You can ask your students to think of a song that relates to your material (even as homework – very creative).
5. How do you start?
Start with the first step and choose just one song. Think about how to add it to your lesson (use section 4 for suggestions).
Enjoy the lesson and in the second time, add more songs or think about a creative way to add it to your class.
I am sure that step after step, you will gain confidence and find more and more ways to implement the music in your teaching.
I will be happy to hear how you did!
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I must enclose such a creative way to add music, dancing, and fun to Math class:
Dancing is mathematical! During Math Camp last week, I challenged my students to create their own #InMyFeelingsChallenge dance incorporating some of the math they learned from their lesson on coordinate geometry & transforms. Check out the winning group’s video from this class! pic.twitter.com/1qopb4V3U8
— Dr. Valerie Camille Jones (@drvcjones) July 22, 2018