Working backwards is a common idea in education (backwards planning/backwards design) but it hit me again last night as I stumbled across a new song. Kara posted her idea of giving students a PHRASE OF THE WEEK and I’m just starting where we will hold a drawing for those who used the phrase in context in class. The first one we are learning is “no te preocupes” which is ironically one of the first phrases I learned when I lived in Spain. I introduced it during class Monday and students were pretty excited to use it with their new found motivation (the possiblity of winning Flaming Hot Cheetos on Friday). Then Monday night I saw a post from this great blog promoting the song “Se feliz.” It just happened to include my phrase of the week! It’s catchy, fun, and my students couldn’t get it out of their heads! I played the song and posted the chorus which repeats a lot. They were even singing along by the end. It was the perfect way to enjoy the 70 degree weather we are having in Louisville -”¡No te preocupes…se feliz!
Here’s the song:
From here on out I am going to find a great song that I think might get them excited about the language and choose my phrase of the week from the song.
Simple idea, I know, but this was a big “ah-ha” moment for me! Enjoy the song!