This blog is submitted by Karen, a teacher in Ecuador, and recent student in the online course Tribes TLC X.
I have always taught. Even as a child, I helped my little brothers and sisters with their homework. When I got married, I home schooled my children. Song made both teaching and learning easier and fun. Now I am teaching fifth grade. Many of my students are language learners. Putting content to song and movement helps the content stick to more than one place in the brain. In song, the words have rhythm. Using multiple intelligences is the smart thing to do.
To the tune of “William Tell Overture” or
“The Lone Ranger’s Theme Song”
No Longer a Lone Ranger – TRIBES
Verse 1: Active learning is great fun.
It will teach us – everyone.
Works the brain and works the heart.
Each student learns to do his part.
Autonomy, identity, mastery, challenge,
Belonging, love, safety, too
Problem solving, meaning…TRIBES
Verse 2: Making meaning is the goal,
In classroom teaching and beyond.
Problem solving – new and old.
Life skill practice at its best.
Verse 3: How do I know? What do I know?
Does it apply or does it not?
Metacognition from Grade One
By Grade Twelve, we all have won.