Utilizing The Arts In The Classroom

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If you're looking for ways to motivate your students to learn and succeed in your language learning classroom, music could be the answer that you're looking for. The human brain is programmed to learn with rhythm and repetition. So, it makes scientific and academic sense that we begin to take learning with music more seriously.

I came to this conclusion after examining my own learning process and the things that I still remember today after learning them at a young age. At age 39, I can still recite the 50 United States in alphabetical order that I learned in the 5th grade. We used the "Fifty Nifty United States" song, which is still used in many classrooms today. Going even further back, most of us learned the foundation of the English language, the alphabet, using the timeless "ABC Song".

In fact, many elementary classrooms do put an emphasis on using music to teach and learn, but seldom does this effective learning method follow us into middle school and high school. These musical methods should be reinforced and continued throughout our life-long learning process.

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Growing up, I was the kid who couldn't seem to focus when the teacher was speaking. My brain would move all over the place, and I would begin to be disruptive (yes I was THAT kid). But, I always paid attention when we did the "fun stuff" like singing songs, playing games, and acting out skits in the classroom. What I didn't realize, at the time, was that I was learning much faster than I would have by simply reading the material or listening to a lecture. It's OK to make learning fun, and your classroom will see the benefits and results when you take this approach.

Music is so powerful that it can make us learn even when we don't want to. How many times has that song you were listening to in the car got stuck in your head right before you walk into school? You don't even have to like the song; our human brains are attracted, and somewhat addicted, to the rhythm and repetition. Knowing this, music enables us to simplify the learning process.

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