It's a new school year and as music teachers we know the great task of learning and remembering names.
Many children struggle with correcting adults/peers on how to say their names. We know there is much importance in learning students names correctly and some of the pro's for taking the time to learn your students name include:
One of my favorite lessons is to use a chant I learned from a mentor teacher of mine who attributes this name chant to Avon Gillespie. See chant in image below:
My objectives for this lesson are:
I use the chant as an "A section" and use students names as the "B section". I have the student phonetically say their name and the class echos. The B might sound like this:
"Mis-zuz dung-kin-sin" -Student leader
"Mis-zuz dung-kin-sin" -Students echo
"Ah-leh-wah-duh" - Student leader
"Ah-leh-wah-duh" -Students echo
"Eh-muh-lee" - Student leader
***As an extension I like to pair the chant with books and let the books be the "B Section". I have used the following books for multiple grade levels. Click on book image below to learn more about the text itself.
Who was Avon Gillespie?
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