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Dance like no one’s watching
1 Aug, 2013. 13 Comments. A Day In First Grade, Back to School, First Grade, Kindergarten, Preschool, Uncategorized. Posted By: Kristen Smith

Let me paint a scene for you. You are driving, switching mindlessly through the various preset radio stations and all of a sudden a JAM comes on. Now this does not have to be like back in the day Justin Timberlake but let’s make it more embarrassing. Let’s say for example that you are on your way to work on your classroom and “I don’t care I love it” comes on… {I don’t think that’s the name of the song… but you get it!} {for the record, I have no idea what that song is about!}

What do you do? Well of course you pump up the volume because, well, you’re about to sing at the top of your lungs even though you have no idea how or why you know all the lyrics… and the dance moves? Oh yes.

This song {although you’re embarrassed that you know it and like it} for some reason makes ones body do these strange things. Shoulder shrugs? maybe. Shimmying? without fail. Booty shaking? Yes. You know you were born to dance on So You Think You Can Dance and this little rendition in your car was totally worthy of a Sonja or Nappy Tabs choreographed dance phenomenon.

Okay. Honestly? Maybe not… and perhaps you don’t fancy Pop music… so change the song to “We will rock you” or “Bennie and the Jets” but why do I bring this up? Because music has POWER. It has this amazing ability to make us remember things word for word.

Seriously. I still can sing you the Fresh Prince of Bel Air’s theme song or “baby got back.” I’m not bragging and perhaps I should be ashamed but these lyrics (and SO many others) are implanted in my brain.

(you’re welcomedon’t act like you weren’t singing and dancing to this video!!! )

For this reason, I use music in my classroom all the time.

If I just start saying, “water travels…”

I will, without fail, have a hearty echo of “in a cycle yes it does!”

I use songs to teach math, grammar, how to behave… everything! I sing ALL the time in my class and my students love it.

I also use music to get the wiggles out! My kids LOVE whipping their “tails” back and forth to this one:

and last year we could not get enough of this song:
I love using Joe Scruggs, Greg and Steve, Dr. Jean, ‘have fun teaching’ and so many others in my classroom. My students LOVE these songs and they learn so much from them!! 
I encourage you to find some FUN songs that even you love to share with your class. If you are brave, encourage some good ol’ booty shakin’ freeze dance. Seriously, a good freeze dance session in your class gets rid of the wiggles, helps your students focus and {if done correctly} will bring a smile to your face!! Who knows, maybe you will even show them some of your SYTYCD moves. 😉 
Dance on, friends! 

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  1. Oh yes-the kiddos do love to dance! My students like the Just Dance Kids songs-there are some girls in particular that know the moves by heart now! :) Thank you for the suggestions!

    NotJustChild’sPlay

  2. I am always looking for good math songs or You tube videos. Any you would like to share? You can email me at aobergefell@gmail.com

    Thanks!

  3. Love this! I have found so many great brain break videos and songs to teach different concepts this summer. Can’t wait to implement them this fall!

    The Polished Teacher

  4. That video with Will Smith was amazing! I was definitely singing and dancing along….especially with the Carlton. I love using music and dance in my classroom. Whenever I start getting frustrated because the kiddos aren’t working quietly or staying in their spots, I get them up to start moving. I have found that I am a much calmer teacher when I incorporate a lot of music in my classroom.
    The Traveling Teacher

  5. Hi Kristen, Thanks for sharing! It is such a coincidence that just today I’ve been focusing alot of time to gathering good music to use in my classroom this year! And I thought to myself, “As many great and awesome blogs that I love to read and get ideas from, Im so surprised that noone talks about music more!” I feel the same way as you described in your post! Music is such a powerful memory maker!! I love it! Thanks for some more song suggestions! Kelly (teacherturk@gmail.com)

  6. Hi again! This is Kelly from teacherturk :) I forgot to ask you the most important question about using these videos in your classroom… “Are you able to pull up YouTube videos in your school?” I received many different suggestions as to how to play YouTube in my school (which denies access to it) Just wondering if you had a few spare moments to let me know what you do, thanks

  7. Thanks for sharing these. I am also on the hunt for good kid friendly songs…I love to sing and dance and act a fool in school! Teaching with Giggles

  8. You and I would not only be able to drive around and sing together for days, but in the classroom too! I’m with you girl, I sometimes think I sing with my kids as much as I talk. Luckily they still love me in spite of my tone-deafness. Also, the Will Smith Youtube video is one of my FAVORITE Youtube videos in the past year. Thanks for posting so I could enjoy it again!!

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First

  9. So cute! I’m sure your classroom is tons of fun!

    Kerry

  10. SOOO fun! I have all the KidzBop CDs on my phone and they L-O-V-E it!! Last year they had the Gangnam dance DOWN! :)

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  12. Funny post! I was totally dancing and singing along to “Call Me Maybe” in the car the other day :-)
    Our school has an end-of-the-year DJ party and the whole school goes out onto the playground to dance and play while a DJ mixes music…it’s hilarious to watch the little ones dance! Music is such a fun, powerful and therapeutic tool!

    ~Jaime The First Grade Bloom

  13. I was watching Fresh Prince last night and remember thinking it’s impossible to hear that song and NOT sing along! Love this! :)

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  • Oh yes-the kiddos do love to dance! My students like the Just Dance Kids songs-there are some girls in particular that know the moves by heart now! :) Thank you for the suggestions!

    NotJustChild’sPlay

  • I am always looking for good math songs or You tube videos. Any you would like to share? You can email me at aobergefell@gmail.com

    Thanks!

  • Love this! I have found so many great brain break videos and songs to teach different concepts this summer. Can’t wait to implement them this fall!

    The Polished Teacher

  • That video with Will Smith was amazing! I was definitely singing and dancing along….especially with the Carlton. I love using music and dance in my classroom. Whenever I start getting frustrated because the kiddos aren’t working quietly or staying in their spots, I get them up to start moving. I have found that I am a much calmer teacher when I incorporate a lot of music in my classroom.
    The Traveling Teacher

  • Hi Kristen, Thanks for sharing! It is such a coincidence that just today I’ve been focusing alot of time to gathering good music to use in my classroom this year! And I thought to myself, “As many great and awesome blogs that I love to read and get ideas from, Im so surprised that noone talks about music more!” I feel the same way as you described in your post! Music is such a powerful memory maker!! I love it! Thanks for some more song suggestions! Kelly (teacherturk@gmail.com)

  • Hi again! This is Kelly from teacherturk :) I forgot to ask you the most important question about using these videos in your classroom… “Are you able to pull up YouTube videos in your school?” I received many different suggestions as to how to play YouTube in my school (which denies access to it) Just wondering if you had a few spare moments to let me know what you do, thanks

  • Thanks for sharing these. I am also on the hunt for good kid friendly songs…I love to sing and dance and act a fool in school! Teaching with Giggles

  • You and I would not only be able to drive around and sing together for days, but in the classroom too! I’m with you girl, I sometimes think I sing with my kids as much as I talk. Luckily they still love me in spite of my tone-deafness. Also, the Will Smith Youtube video is one of my FAVORITE Youtube videos in the past year. Thanks for posting so I could enjoy it again!!

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First

  • So cute! I’m sure your classroom is tons of fun!

    Kerry

  • SOOO fun! I have all the KidzBop CDs on my phone and they L-O-V-E it!! Last year they had the Gangnam dance DOWN! :)

  • This comment has been removed by the author.

  • Funny post! I was totally dancing and singing along to “Call Me Maybe” in the car the other day :-)
    Our school has an end-of-the-year DJ party and the whole school goes out onto the playground to dance and play while a DJ mixes music…it’s hilarious to watch the little ones dance! Music is such a fun, powerful and therapeutic tool!

    ~Jaime The First Grade Bloom

  • I was watching Fresh Prince last night and remember thinking it’s impossible to hear that song and NOT sing along! Love this! :)

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