First, I handed out a sheet with the lyrics, and then I read through MOST of it, highlighting key words and phrases and ideas. (Students dutifully followed. Not much enthusiasm. Not expected by me either.) Observing teacher looked on, making notes: this is typical "Eastern world" style: memorization and presentation.
And THEN I stopped--and said to the class that I knew they must not find it exciting--so I had ANOTHER way for them to learn it. And I cued up the mp3. (This is one help by my years as a music journalist and writer: I have editing software for videos and music downloads.) And the kids loved it! They were moving in their seats and even the observing teacher was bobbing her head along to the beat! The kids were reading and singing along.
And THEN I shifted gears again and put on the mp4 so they could watch the video. I could point out more ideas (quickly) to keep up with the frantic pace of Al and his song.
At the end of the class, the observer spoke with some of the kids in Chinese--and then she came up to me and we spoke about the vast array of ideas she had seen on the overhead screen on my USB drive. "They LOVE your class," she said. I acknowledged it--and it's only week 4 in the semester. "They are LEARNING to THINK!"
Yes, they sure are: and that's what I do. Whatever it takes, I'll find a way to make it work for them because it's their future. I'm happy to help shape it.
Because there's a learning style for everyone (and some folks get their knowledge and education via kinetic movement and through auditory and visual effects)--PLUS there's a whole new world of animation out there for anyone who loves design and graphics--I present the following video with a smile and a glare.
This also goes out to all my students (and those who were not) who don't like to read, follow instructions, or just slacked off in school because they weren't interested--it shows. And it's not kewl like you think.