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Started by Elise in Teaching and Methodology Mar 27. 0 Replies

I was wondering what you all thought of learning designs pertaining to English language teaching? What are the ways in which you design your lessons to achieve better learning in your students?Continue

A NEW way to teach PHRASAL VERBS so that your students understand and remember them

Started by Andromeda Jones in Teaching and Methodology Dec 31, 2018. 0 Replies

Phrasal verbs are a verb + preposition, adverb or particle. Teaching…Continue

Tags: prepositions, teach, verbs, phrasal

ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Oct 17, 2018. 73 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread and butter.Got any good ideas for teaching it or using it…Continue

Tags: children, abc, kids, phonics, reading

Stories to inspire and teach. Share yours.

Started by ddeubel in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Jun 10, 2018. 79 Replies

 I'd like to share in this forum and would like others to share, short stories that might apply to education / teaching and that will inspire. I believe stories and a narrative are powerful, whether…Continue

Tags: hodja, tao, zen, professional_development, storytelling


I had my middle school students do illustrations for the song "I Got A Feeling" By the Black Eyed Peas. This was during my "Special Winter Break English Class".

See how to make a doodle video with your class HERE. Here are a couple of resources - Lyrics Activity

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Comment by Ellen Pham on February 8, 2010 at 8:10am
So creative : )

Comment by ddeubel on February 8, 2010 at 10:46am

Way to go - over the top! I love each drawing but especially that "starry night" one - amazing!

I'm so glad someone took on this challenge and got inspired - I'm sure your students felt super seeing the final product and that made all the hard work worth it. Plus, your students are now teachers! - Meaning, they have provided so much context for others to learn through this song, the pictures are perfect....

Great stuff!


Comment by ddeubel on February 9, 2010 at 6:13am
Good questions Vincent.

My guess is WMM . I think the best way to do this is like I did on Project Peace. Make a powerpoint with each line/chunk of lyrics on a slide. Practice the song. Then print out each slide and give it out to students. On the reverse, they draw their picture, with or without lyrics...(better if done right on the drawing).

Comment by Lindsey Vincent on February 9, 2010 at 7:20am
I did use WMM. I took pics of the illustrations afterwards. I passed out each bit of lyrics individually.... so the lyrics that I thought were difficult... I gave to higher level students. For the students who I thought wouldn't put in a lot of effort, I gave them lyrics that repeat in the song a lot (so it wouldn't matter as much if they didn't try).

Comment by Lindsey Vincent on February 9, 2010 at 7:25am
I gotta feeling.doc
Here is the file with the lyrics.

Comment by Lindsey Vincent on February 9, 2010 at 7:26am
Thanks for all your comments.
I also did a "Don't Worry Be Happy" video a while back. I did that video with classes of 30-40 students and then taught a lesson on emotions.
Comment by Ellen Pham on February 9, 2010 at 7:59am
I remember that one, Lindsey, it was great! Like David, I noticed and liked the "Starry Night" drawing.I usually have a Van Gogh up somewhere... comunicato. Did you show the kids Starry Night, or did they know the painting already? Just curious.

Comment by ddeubel on February 10, 2010 at 1:58am

I showed your "don't worry be happy" video to a 1,000+ teachers recently. I think it is included in this small part of the speech I put here. . So you can tell them that beyond learning some English, improving their art skills and being happy - they are inspiring a lot of teachers!

Comment by Lindsey Vincent on February 10, 2010 at 3:00am
Wow that's really cool. They'll really like that thanks.

Comment by Lindsey Vincent on February 10, 2010 at 4:36am
to make a long story short---- they were familiar with Van Gogh. I popped up some example pics of the words "night" and "feelings" on power-point to give them some inspiration for their drawings.

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