Four six-year olds. Singing. Together. In English. It took two days and a fair amount of sticker bribery, but today I reached my teaching high water mark when my kindergarten class sang a rousing rendition of “Itsy Bitsy Spider.” At times it felt like herding cats, but by the end of the class we were even busting out hand motions. Sure the pronunciation wasn’t perfect, but we made it to the end and we had a good time doing it. I accompanied the kids with my guitar, strumming along as they sang. The kids really liked it when I played fast and loud – maybe we’ll take the show on the road performing punk-rock kids songs. Our band could be called Modern English. Already taken? I’ll work on it. Anyway, I’m sure this isn’t a big deal to most experienced teachers, but to a newbie like me it was a great feeling. It’s been one of the unexpected rewards of teaching, but every now and again when a lesson really clicks, when something you say connects with your students, it’s almost as if you can actually see little tiny light bulbs flickering on their heads. It’s satisfying. Now it’s on to the next song. Any requests? We’ll be here all year.
“I’ll Melt With You” – Modern English