0

Nothing matches Jazzles for learning styles!

-

I love the feedback from our teachers. Here’s one from a teacher who works across PREK-G1 including ESL.
She covers today’s biggest educational challenge – mixed ability classes – and the importance of Jazzles with its VAK learning styles and engaging pedagogy.

“Here we are again – another semester and Jazzles too!
I use Jazzles all day and if I had my way I’d use only Jazzles but we have to use other stuff to!
Nothing else matches Jazzles for the multiple styles of learning it encompasses.
Along with recording the results on ESGI, I think it makes a HUGE difference!
This year we have younger children – lots of English as second language, speech problems, no English and low socioeconomic backgrounds.
So they are 3 and have come with very limited knowledge of colours, shapes, letters, their own names, listening, manners.
I spent most of the last day of the 2011-2012 school year in tears.
The parents were so lovely in all the words they said.
One dad cried too! They were so appreciative of how far their children had come and the fun they had with Jazzles and they all loved the regular Friday afternoon karoake (JazzleOke Friday) shows.
I’ve been teaching for a while now & I recommend Jazzles to everyone I meet!
Thought you’d like to know.”

Note: Jazzles is great for parent nights! Lots of parents end up in tears!

Enter the text or HTML code here

0

Can you integrate rigor with joy to create peak level engaged, active learning?

-

Education to Save the World is one of my favorite blogs. Today, they carry an articles “Your Turn: How do you create a joyful classroom?”
I read it with interest because it is missing or understating the concept of rigor.

Rigor sounds the opposite of joy and often is.
So what is rigor and how can you integrate rigor with joy to create engaged, active learning?

Richard W. Strong (2001) defined rigor as “the goal of helping students develop the capacity to understand content that is complex, ambiguous, provocative, and personally or emotionally challenging”. In her (2008) book ‘Rigor is NOT a Four-Letter Word’, Barbara Blackburn’ wrote that “Rigor is creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels, each student is supported so he or she can learn at high levels, and each student demonstrates learning at high levels.”

In a 2012 whitepaper entitled “How do you identify rigor in the classroom?” Rick Jenkins, Jeff Goldhorn, and Mike Webb wrote: “To teach with rigor is to teach accurately and completely. In order to teach accurately, a teacher must have knowledge of both content and pedagogy. Teachers must teach their content without error and have content knowledge that is deeper than that which they teach. Teaching accurately also implies a use of pedagogy that ensures students learn content for understanding. Content knowledge without pedagogy leads to superficial and short-term learning. Pedagogy without content knowledge can result in student misconceptions and misunderstandings.”

So there’s the challenge! Joy does indeed create engagement. But high engagement may come with very low rigor.
What’s the answer?

You have to create a pedagogy/methodology incorporating the rigor integrated with resources and activities that bring the joy!

With JazzlesELA, I have extensive song–themed resources combining animated, subtitled songs, karaoke and interactive song books enhanced with interactive games and printable activity pages. Scalable lesson plans provide the fun/joy with the rigor.

The program does achieve exceptional results – broadly it halves the time to achieve Common Core Kindergarten ELA outcomes.
Here are a few of my strategies:
• The attention and memory power of music and songs.
• Coral singing to create a happy, unified optimum learning environment.
• Singing to activate a class-wide common, oral vocabulary base (song lyrics) – irrespective of the range vocabulary levels (including ESL) of children entering the class. (Diversity is the biggest challenge in public school classrooms.
• The power of ‘whole /part/ whole’ and contextual teaching for developing reading and writing skills and strategies.
• VAK engagement for optimal learning.
• Creative Visual and Performing Arts.
• Interactive technology.
• Visual Literacy.
• Multiple, fun practice strategies.
• Themed, curriculum extensions.
• Guided and independent learning.
• Pair and group interaction.
How to increase rigor and combine the joy is the real challenge!
With JazzlesELA, you have a best practice case – supported by research.

Enter the text or HTML code here

0

‘The Arts’ of Reading Excellence

-

So much emphasis on English and math testing to the annihilation of the arts!
The tide has turned!

All over the country, parents want to know what creative arts programs their children will be offered.
They understand the benefits of creativity through music, art and drama.
Above all, they want their children to be eager to go to school, socialize with their peers, as well as having learning confidence!

Teachers are overwhelmed with overcrowded curricula.
Cut backs have chewed into music, performance and visual arts programs.
But now, even governments are recognizing the positive evidence for including the Arts in schools

But what if Visual and Performing Arts became the medium through which children learn to read, write and communicate?

That’s what Jazzles ELA does. It uses the Arts to absolutely power vocabulary, phonemic awareness, print awareness, letter-sound correspondence, comprehension and fluency through its ‘learn to read’ songs and themed activities.

Jazzles amusing, animated and ‘captioned’ songs, simultaneously engage visually, kinetically and aurally – so every child’s learning style is addressed. Optimized, and mostly intuitive, children are learning all the 6 beginning reading skills through hearing, singing, following the words while performing ‘karaoke (they love that!), miming, dancing and playing percussion instruments to the beat.
Children are interacting socially through choral singing and performance, to learn, automatically and happily, initial sound frequency, high frequency/sight words and grammatical information – all in alliterative, song stories with meaning! It’s all fun practice and never rote.

Afterwards, children collaboratively work in pairs or groups to re-purpose internalized song sentences and research related topics to become script-writers, TV reporters or producers of mini dramas. You can even video these performances for review!
It’s massive, creative engagement – powering contextual vocabulary and oral language delivery – as well as non-cognitive skills of co-operation, performance, confidence and self-esteem.

And after school, brimming with confidence, your students will go home and ‘teach’ their parents and siblings the songs they’ve learned, showing off their word power while explaining the roles they’ve played!
Even if their parents can not functionally read, they can sing a song..
So now there is positive ‘schools to home connect’ with literacy benefits!

Jazzles ELA has a ‘learn to read’ package with over 400 scaffolded, song-themed, interactive resources integrated into its research-based methodology and pedagogy. Two independent theses prove it works at exceptional levels.

We all know the recall-power of music and song!
Just watch American Idol and see the judges sing every memorized word along with the performers!
Music, performance and coral singing engage students. Every teacher understands how beneficial that can be!

Compare Jazzles ELA to other early reading program relying on rote practice and sight word cards!
Which do you think students would rather?

Could marrying Creative Arts with Language Arts be the ultimate solution?

Enter the text or HTML code here

0

What is Your Creative Vision for Education?

-

Why do we need creativity in education and what are the barriers to achieving it?

Adobe has just published this thought-provoking video on clamor to return creativity to the curriculum.

86% of parents and 73% of educators in the USA believe that creativity provides for higher quality teaching and learning.
But no-one directing the curriculum appears to be listening!
And parents are revolting!

For example, just last month, the Washington Examiner reported parents fighting back after DC Public Schools announced plans to cut more than $300,000 from The Fillmore Arts Center that offers classes on two campuses in dance, digital arts, theater, music, visual arts, creative writing and physical education to students in 11 DCPS elementary schools this year.

Why I’m Fighting Back Too!
Watch the video! As Adobe says, “…there is a growing concern that the education system itself is a barrier to developing the creativity that drives innovation. Parents and educators agree that today’s education system places too much emphasis on testing and not enough investment in the training, tools and time needed to teach creativity.”

Adobe’s video is great but I’ve actually done exactly what they are advocating.

JazzlesELA is a whole creative curriculum – hundreds of resources including animations, games and lesson plans – all done with Adobe Creative Suite!

In fact, I should offer Adobe access to the JazzlesELA website to demonstrate the concept of a creative curriculum!

Take Out Point!
In the video, you will notice some clever graphical texts that evolve to form the title ‘A Transformative Change’.
It’s not so much the issue of creativity, what frightens educators is the culture and training needs to achieve it.
It appears daunting! Well for PreK-Kindergarten, it’s not – JazzlesELA is the only packaged ‘Arts in Education’ multimedia, learning styles on the market.
Two independent theses to support it. It’s best case based on UNESCO standards targeting PREK to G2 plus ELL, ESL, SPED.

If you want me to talk about it on a panel or TV show, just call me 530-687-6305 or email me lesleybeth@jazzles.com – you can ask me any question because I’ve years of practical experience teaching 1000′s of children with an arts integrated program.

Enter the text or HTML code here

0

Too Poor For Pencils But Richer for JazzleOke!

-

“We have kids on the honor roll at school now that have NEVER been on the list. Thanks to your wonderful creation.”

What more can I ask? JazzleOke showed its power to engage the ‘educationally at risk’ in the small coal mining community of New Canton, Virginia with children from (mostly) single parent homes with an average income of $22,000 pa.

Enter the text or HTML code here

0

Jazzles – Changing Students Lives

-

With the upgrade to CCSS Jazzles ELA, I’ve been getting wonderful feedback from our teachers. “My students continued to LOVE Jazzles this year. It is extremely engaging and has helped tremendously with phonemic awareness. I used the phonemic awareness activities from the lesson plans daily. I like the new Jazzles ELA interface, especially Jazzleoke 3. The advanced lesson plans are very complete as well. The websearch integration is a great way to easily incorporate reality. It makes it so convenient not to have to switch windows on the computer to pull up information. I have personally endorsed Jazzles to many teachers. I remember the first Sunday I found Jazzles when I was searching on the computer for new teaching material. I was so excited I could not wait for Monday to introduce Jazzles because I knew it would change my students lives.”
Note:
1. What more can you ask than a program that changes children’s lives!
2. While I do not attribute, take my word as a teacher that this feedback is as received.

Enter the text or HTML code here

0

Do You Know of Any ‘Arts Integrated’ Multimedia ELA Curriculum Program for Kindergarten?

-

As part of a procurement process, an important government agency has asked us for the names of any competitors to our JazzlesELA program so they can compare resources and pricing.
We are genuinely unaware of any – so I would appreciate your help.

Program Description
JazzlesELA is a complete ‘Arts Integrated’ (or ‘Arts in Education’) program that is fully digitally delivered.
Essentially, the program is a ‘kindergarten-in-the-box’ package containing a fully developed ‘Arts Integrated’ pedagogy, methodology and SCORM compliant LMS resources – including over 500 sequenced, themed, song-powered animations, games and printable activity sheets.

JazzlesELA caters for all VAK-T/learning styles. It features multiple mnemonic strategies based on the Arts – including singing, dance, drama, art and performance.

Meeting/exceeding Common Core State Standards Kindergarten ELA, the supporting 26 Lesson Plans feature advanced ELA strategies that can also be used for Professional Development. For example, how to teach vocabulary, phonemic awareness, creative writing, etc.

Behind all the program’s laughter and fun, there is ‘academic rigor’ tailored appropriately to kindergarten. This claim is supported by two independent theses that demonstrate the program’s potential to overcome 50 years of literacy failure and turn the majority of our children into proficient, even advanced, readers.

You can download the theses from this link I think you will find some astonishing results

Transforming traditional play based learning into 21st Century learning, the program engages mixed diversity classes (including SPED and ESL) at exceptional levels – close to 100%.

While it has very many similarities to A+ schools and Reggio Emilia, it is highly scalable with very easy teacher in-servicing.

The program’s core focus is developing an active vocabulary/oral language base as the precursor to successful reading and learning.

Along with developing all six big ideas of beginning reading, JazzlesELA uses ‘arts integration’ to also develop essential non-cognitive skills such as co-operation, sharing, curiosity, confidence and self esteem.

This government procurement inquiry is a major opportunity for us.
I hope you can help.
Even a ‘no knowledge’ answer would be much appreciated.
lesleybeth@jazzles.com

Enter the text or HTML code here

%d bloggers like this: