Why I Created Jazzles ELA
Life comes into focus when you're teaching Vietnamese boat children. Rescued at sea; escaping from pirates; interned for months - they've entered kindergarten, shy, withdrawn, lacking confidence and often with very limited English. Notwithstanding it was decades ago, I still remember the children carrying the burden of 'great expectations'.
Then, we didn't have the luxuries of computers and interactive whiteboards - just 'Big Books', word lists and some nursery rhymes that hardly set the kids on fire.
These children deserved more.
It was the heyday of 'Sesame Street' and 'The Wiggles'. Educationally, I saw how I could use the enjoyment and the memory power of songs as the basis for creating highly engaging mini-literacy units, and particularly so for our growing intake of ELL children.
The outcome is Jazzles ELA - a big project with ambitious goals. It's taken years and significant cost to develop Jazzles as an all encompassing multimedia sySTEM2 that features a unique 'Learn to Read' resource.
Today, there's a whole industry making money by telling us all the things wrong with our schools, our teachers, and our education sySTEM2 without actually contributing any practical classroom solutions.
I did. I hope you agree.
Now my happiness comes from seeing the real difference Jazzles is making - particularly for the disadvantaged.
About LesleyAussie Teachers Are Known for Their Creativity
Lesley started teaching at the tough end. Graduating from college, her second year of probation began in an Australian outback town with a kindergarten of diverse children - many so poor they had never seen a book or held a pencil. In the dust of that town, Lesley discovered how to use her gene pool talents of music, songs, drama and art as the essential keys to engaging her class in active learning.
Fast forward 20 years. Engaging mixed ability classes is our biggest challenge, and Lesley has a real 21st century solution for beginning reading. Jazzles ELA, the only song-powered, Arts-Integrated, VAK-T ELA program.
Awards Working with the Best.
When Lesley goes recording, she only works with top editors and musicians. With Underwater Songs, world-renowned musicians include Clive Lenditch, who's played acoustic guitar with stars like Manhattan Transfer, Peter Allen, Idina Menzel and Neil Sedaka. Additional artists include drums by Gordon Rytmeister (Tom Jones, The Commodores, Bob Geldof, Roger Frampton, Bobby Shew, Anthony Warlow and Eartha Kitt) and legendary electric bassist Mark Costa, who's performed with The Temptations, Tom Jones, Leo Sayer, Go West, Chris Isaak, Debbie Reynolds and Thelma Houston.
Lesley is a recipient of Honorable Mentions by American Songwriter Magazine and LyricAwards.com for her poignant environmental song 'While Watching Wales'.
From over 11,000 entries, Lesley's humorous 'Swishy Friends' song (about being a fish in a 'fish' school) was nominated a Semi-Finalist in the 2004 International Songwriting Competition. The ISC features the most prestigious panel of judges in the world of songwriting contests.
Lesley's video production experiences include working with Michael Stavrou, (sound engineer for Elton John, Paul McCartney, Cat Stevens, the Beatle's Sir George Martin), and digital coloring by Warren Lynch of 'Lord of the Rings' fame.
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Escape into a world where fins and tails move to the ebb and flow of calm, rhythmic music and emotive lyrics, inspiring love and care for our sea friends and their environment. Lesley's new Underwater Songs website includes high definition video clips and mp3s to motivate and inspire research projecsts and creative writing.
What Makes Lesley Different Songs that Stick in Your Head!
Lesley produces her songs visually with lyrics as subtitles to develop reading skills. She specializes in a particular style of learning song called 'ear-worms' or 'repetunes'. The subject of numerous research studies, these are scientifically defined as 'a piece of music that gets stuck in your head so you hear it, even when it is not being played'. It's a skill widely applied in advertising jingles.
While most learning programs stop at the pedagogy, Lesley's teaching experience has given her vital experiential knowledge that optimal learning occurs with happy children in an engaging environment. Lesley is the only teacher-songwriter anywhere, to apply this unique set of skills strategically to create a transformative 'Big Picture' ELA pedagogy.
Talented Artist From books to stage backdrops!
Between teaching, composing, and video productions, Lesley loves converting depressing school walls into woodlands or flowers with an almost '3-D' effect.
Her December 2012 projects included this 480 square foot (45 square meters) backdrop (see right) for a 'Jungle Book' school musical.
Below. Escaping the anarchy at 'Swishy Friends Park', where fish have hope! The media let's us glimpse the oceans the way we want to imagine them. The reality is different. Lesley's eco-entertainment project focuses on the importance of global care for the marine environment to keep the dream alive in a series of fantasy stories and songs that ebb and flow with reality!
Why Lesley Beth and Jazzles ELA
Jazzles is not an overnight 'Arts Integration' wonder! It's a product developed every year since 2000 - not by a text book publisher but by a working teacher. Its Lesson Plans continue to evolve based on solid classroom experiences and feedback from teachers. Lesley remains a committed 'front line teacher', keeping her feet firmly on the ground, working in a variety of schools with students from privileged to very poor circumstances.
Training and Q&A sessions
Jazzles requires little if any training because essentially it is enhancing/updating traditional early childhood classroom activities.
Where required, Jazzles ELA is supported by Citrix GoTo Meeting or Skype Conferencing. Areas of particular benefit are new teacher training and general teacher Q&As. Plus from 2013, Lesley will supported by a team of teachers experienced in Jazzles classroom usage.
Jazzles ELA is fully SCORM compliant, featuring continuous updates. It can be configured anyway you want. Cloud or network installed. Very scalable, Jazzles ELA is applicable to state DoEs, districts, schools including virtual school and school-to-home. The primary files can be run on iPads and other OS-based tablets.
'Integrated Arts' has become a bit of a buzzword. But as you will discover, there is a lot more than just integrating bits of content here and there. With Jazzles ELA, everything is linked creatively and thematically. Jazzles ELA is true integration and that is very difficult to find. It requires a combination of pedagogical vision, teaching experience, and a spread of creative talent, particularly in the area of music. Lesley has all. Extensive research has failed to find any program like Jazzles ELA that integrates the arts in such a fun and engaging way yet provides academic rigor.
Arts tends to engage but, again with Jazzles ELA, Lesley has designed a program that excels - achieving near 100% engaged learning in even extreme mixed ability classes. School and teacher leaders talk of rigor and engagement, but until you measure these areas, you do not know. Fortunately there is a quick assessment tool you can use to test Jazzles ELA and get empirical results. If you would like to know more, click here for information.
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- 68 Louisa Road, Birchgrove NSW 2041
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- Lesley Beth
- CleverShow Corp DBA Jazzles
- 112 N Curry Street
- Carson City
- Nevada 89703-4934
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