Another weekend workshop and this one went very well, it’s great having people who come for a second time!
Then I tried the new School Subjects song – which didn’t go well!
Mind you I was probably a bit rough on the song in the video. I’m sure we’ve all had classes like that with the kids just looking like “eh?” and not knowing what to do. Usually that’s a result of not following the lesson plan of introducing the vocab then running through the “Mini Lesson” (from the Teacher’s Set )
For example just look at the contrast to the next song “What do you do?” Same level (ish) of English, and albeit a totally finished song, but the thing that made the difference is that we did the Teacher’s Set “Mini Lesson” first. And just look at what a difference it made!
We also ran through “What do you want to be?” and the running karuta game…
Which we could them combine with “What do you do?” to come up with “I’m a doctor, but I want to be a baker” – which always impresses the kids (and teachers!)
And if you combine that with the pronouns song and What do you think of…? lessons it means the kids can come up with sentences like “He’s a baker, but I think I want to be a superhero!” or “She’s a pilot, but he wants to be a rock star!” – all from a curriculum of a half dozen lessons! Pretty cool eh!
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And what do you think of the new songs? I’d love to hear your comments!