Being a Troll and the Benefits of Singing in Class
WAKE UP, KOBY!
Upping the JoyAs 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 TrollI 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”
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 ZooIn 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”