Being a Troll and the Benefits of Singing in Class

Tiffany Gates is a 30-year-old homeschooling mother of 3 young children aged 7, 5, and 3. She spends her spare time training dogs, teaching people, and dabbling in a ton of her small hobbies. Her favorite drink generally consists of caffeine and her favorite season is Fall or Spring, depends on when you ask. 


Every morning I wake up, toss on a nice shirt, throw my hair up, dab on a bit of lipstick and start to rock and roll. I log into the Qkids platform, throw back some espresso, and enter the class. It’s 06:35 EST.  

If you know me, I am NOT a morning person. At least I wasn't until I started teaching ESL. I like to sleep... a lot... I'm somewhat akin to a grumpy old troll without significant amounts of coffee, according to my 5-year-old. Truly I think of the scene in the "Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey with the Goblin King" when he tells me these things:

Upping the Joy

As my students enter the classroom I wave and sing "Hello" and then "let's see what’s next." We sing the flashcards, questions, and answers in the callback, and it helps me, as their teacher, to hear where I can help some of the Qkiddos with articulation and pronunciation of some of their harder words. Singing for my classroom opens up this amazing way of maintaining the fun and upping our joy.

Becoming a Troll

I decided to make my middle child's "Troll" comment into a twist... I decided I AM going to be a Troll first thing in the morning, like one of those crazy, big hair, singing, dancing trolls from, well, "Trolls". I channeled my inner Poppy and bring in the happiness of the day, of course, with the help of coffee. So I find any way to bring in a song: B-I-N-G-O when we play. I sing "Hello", "Goodbye", the "Spiderman Theme Song", and tiny songs I sing with my own kids during their circle time before class.

I started closing my lessons with:
“Dear friends, goodbye
Dear friends, goodbye”

I sing “Do-Do-Do” when giving diamonds or when dancing. I also sing a lot of words that children may be struggling with as a means to help them break down structure and a secondary way of paying attention to how their mouth is shaped to help form better long-term articulation of complex words and phrases.

I try to make everything rhythmic and easy and in a lot of ways I feel as bright and peppy as Poppy:

Classroom or Zoo

In other ways, I'm like the trolls from Frozen. Kissing animals and bringing them into my classroom. I have a permanent classroom rabbit and sometimes one of my dogs; I have 5! And my cat makes appearances from time to time. The kids LOVE this and generally show me their pets too and sing along. I've sung songs about turtles, cats, dogs, fish, and even a ferret!

For example: When a student in July showed me their turtle I sang:

“I have a pet turtle
Whose house is a shell
He moves very slowly
But he swims very well”
So every morning, wake up, put on a little makeup, drink my coffee, and I turn into a happy, peppy troll. 

If you’re ready to start your day, singing, dancing, and meeting these amazing kids and sometimes even their pets check out my referral link. There’s no better way to wake up than to smiling faces and a song. 

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