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5: Emotional and Intellectual Cohesion – Strategies Making the Jazzles Difference

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Creating a cohesive group and happy learning environment!
Management issues in mixed groups arise from children with widely differing levels of cognitive and non cognitive skills and learning style profiles. Your mixed ability class almost certainly will also include children from homes under stress.

Music and coral singing creates group unity and makes everyone feel happier. It’s research-proven that when children are happy and not stressed, they can emotionally engage to learn.

Creating group unity and a common vocabulary base
Jazzles ELA helps from day one, by ‘hooking’ children with jazzy music and group singing that lifts spirits.
Coral singing uniquely develops a common oral language framework with high levels of vocabulary. Not only does singing boost language recall, but automatically practices English pitch and pronunciation for those learning English.
This unity and common teaching language framework (song lyrics) means that children learn because they are all on the same page – including the ‘most at risk’.

Every child can learn best working together in a stress-free, happy, learning environment. With the power of music and song to emotionally engage, Jazzles song-themed learning experiences also engage kinesthetically and visually to cater for all learning styles – ensuring optimal learning and minimal behavior management.

With student management minimized, child-teacher relationships thrive and learning accelerates. Jazzles absolutely delivers happy learning. That’s especially important for those disadvantaged by ethnicity and socio-economic backgrounds.

Here’s how a teacher described the impact.

“My assessments were done last month. Letter/sound recognition has increased, along with interest in reading. But what I notice most is the unity that Jazzles bring to the group. They will just be sitting there ready for snack, and they will start singing. That brings tears to my eyes, because they will have fond memories of singing those songs together. They are excited about Jazzles, and ask for it daily. They just love it!”

Tomorrow: So Many Memory Strategies – but never boring rote!

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Sneaky Learning

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Watch the video!
So many of you are asking “Who are the Jazzles?”, I’ve YouTube’d a recording session!
I was delighted to hear that in the remote village of Ngukurr on the Roper River, in the Northern Territory of Australia, ‘Sneaky Snake’ is a favorite among Aboriginal children because The Rainbow Serpent (Snake) is an important part of the beliefs and culture of many of their peoples.
Of course this song is animated.
Every time it is watched and performed, the kids go off to play doing what sneaky snakes do!
Lots of fun.
More important, lots of social interaction!!

Key Point
I was tempted to let you just enjoy our singers but watching their moves, I had to add some captions to explain that the songs are not just ordinary ‘hearing’ songs.
Every song is an ‘ear-wormed’ mini literacy package (meaning it gets stuck in your head!).
The video gives you a hint of how to use but my Lesson Plans guide you step-by-step. Reading these you will see how they incorporate advanced ELA strategies that cater for every child’s learning styles.
No worries (as we say in Australia), it’s all embedded.

So…
Look at the video and be teased about all the things you can do with resources like this.
The kids won’t even realize their learning.
Sneaky!
Watch the video!

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Test my Jazzles ELA in PreK – G1; it’ll beat any other curriculum program!

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50 Benefits Jazzles ELA Will Deliver You!

I’m just a teacher but I’m very proud to have achieved what the BIG publishers haven’t.
I’ve created, produced and funded a creatively complete, extensive multimedia ELA program that grabs kids’ attentions and propels them into a world of creative literacy.
This is all because of the multitude of advanced, mostly unique, learning strategies I’ve incorporated into the design of the program.
Scroll this page and read 4 – another 26 at least to come!

So here’s the challenge to the big publishers. Use some of the monies you earn from the testing market (anywhere from $400 million to $700 million) to create pedagogies for our 21st Century kids that will actually break through the last 50 years of failure to achieve mass levels of reading proficiency.
That is what all the research and teacher usage shows Jazzles can do.
But I need more than the one state that has signed on to use the Jazzles IP.

Getting You Started!
I’ve given you 50 dimensions in this video! Yes 50!! And it’s set to some of my jazzy music to aid the mnemonics!
DEFINITION:‘Grabs attention’ = near to 100% – think of the difference that will make everyday to your teachers and their students – particularly the disadvantaged.
It is truly game changing!
Note: A 2007 PISA (OECD) study, showed levels of ‘engagement’ was the single factor that differentiated the nations with the highest and lowest levels of student achievement.

Key Point
I’ll pitch Jazzles ELA against any PreK-G1/ESL curriculum program. It will win hands down! If you’re a DoE, ISD, School, Teacher (inc. ESL, SPED), just try it!
YouTube Video

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Using ‘Whole-Part-Whole’ processing to teach the structure of a ‘Narrative’ text

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Here’s an actual classroom experience demonstrating the value my ‘Whole-Part-Whole’ approach. (See number 3 in the Jazzles Advantage Series.)

Whole
I used the Jazzles ELA ‘Fat Fish’ animated song, with its Matching Captions, to teach year 1 and 2 students the structure of a ‘narrative’.
This ‘song’ story clearly demonstrates an ‘Orientation’, ‘Sequence of Events’, ‘Complication’ and ‘Resolution’.

By repeated singing with actions and percussion-playing to the ‘Fat Fish’ JazzleOke 1, students were thoroughly immersed in the vocabulary of the lyrics.
They understood it and could recall it.

Students then had enormous fun, by taking turns miming the human characters, the flies, seagulls, palm trees and ocean waves to the audio backing of the song.

This dramatic performance consolidated the sequence order of the story and its comprehension.

Part
We discussed the structure of a ‘Narrative‘ in terms of this story.
Then in pairs, children were given 4 images to sequence. They discussed and then matched them with ‘Orientation‘, ‘Complication‘ and ‘Resolution‘ labels.

Next, I made 5 sentence strips (only very slightly adjusting the text to include character names).

Together we read them out loud, and I had to smile as the children automatically broke into song. They began singing the familiarized vocabulary they were reading!
Those who may have struggled if they couldn’t read the text, were free to concentrate on the literacy purpose of this activity!

Whole
Again in pairs, students cut out the sentences, arranged them to match the images, and then read the whole text.
Outcome!
I don’t believe that those children will ever forget how to construct a ‘Narrative’.

Importance
“..studies in the 1980s and 1990s have suggested that there is little reading comprehension instruction in schools…. We desperately need to understand why many teachers do not focus directly on comprehension strategies and routines, and we need to learn more about how to help teachers provide good comprehension instruction.”

“The early work documented the significance of attention to text structure, pointing out that students who are…more knowledgeable about text structure recall more textual information than those less knowledgeable…. It also suggested that knowledge is not enough; students must actually follow the text’s structure in building their recall in order for the effect to be realized; not surprisingly, more good than poor readers are inclined to do so.”
(‘Effective Practices for Developing Reading Comprehension’ Duke, Nell and Pearson)

Take-Out!
“A central question is,” asks Duke, Nell and Pearson, “how can and should teachers embed all these research-documented practices into a curriculum?”
As you can see Jazzles ELA is a great start! The basis is all in the Lesson Plans – that’s why we call them ‘Advanced ELA’!

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Too Poor For Pencils But Richer for JazzleOke!

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“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.

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Placing Emphasis on Vocabulary.

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It is great to see how Jazzles is aligning itself to the Common Core and is placing emphasis on Vocabulary.
My students, especially in the area of Math, struggle with word problems and extended response questions because they do not grasp the terminology used. So I think it’s great what Jazzles is incorporating, and at an early stage. I love that it is so child friendly and has many resources that tap into the different learning modalities. I will definitely update.

New York teacher- Kindergarten and 1st Grade Special Ed.

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