Alex just wrote in with this great story about how he motivated some of his tougher classes. He gave me permission to share it with you all:
My name is Alex, and I am a first time English teacher working at an elementary school in an impoverished part of Guatemala City.
I have been using many of your songs regularly in some of my youngest classes with great success.
However, with my 2nd grade class, I had some trouble with the first song we used.
They are generally my hardest class…a bit unengaged, unenthusiastic, uninterested and hyperactive. I was nervous to use songs again in that class because of their “too cool for school attitude”. But, I saw on your vegetable song page a video to the ASL version of the song. I took a leap, and tried it with my 2nd graders.
It was magical.
Even the ones who are never engaged in class were totally into it. I had moved one of the biggest problem kids to front corner of the class, because he was bothering some of the other boys. He was, of course, sulking at first, and then after a few times through the song, he slowly started doing the motions, until he finally moved his seat back to his desk and started singing along. The whole class wanted the song again and again.
I would love to have more of your songs with ASL signs. I tried coming up with them myself using online ASL dictionaries, but it is hard to come up with the right words that aren’t too complicated, but helpfully descriptive. I don’t know if the woman who originally came up with the idea has other songs in ASL or not. It would be great to have more videos on your site.
Thanks so much everything. Your site has been of so much help to me in my first year of teaching.
Warm regards from Guatemala,
What do you guys think, should we have more signed songs on the site?
Actually if any of you are proficient in ASL it might even be possible to put a budget together to pay you to make videos for VIP members! Let me know if you are interested!
P.S. Just confirmed another 2 Day workshop, this time in Okayama – would love to see you there!