The Bedley Bros #EdChat Ep 32: Dave Burgess


Ahoy! Dave Burgess is the author of the ridiculously popular book Teach Like a Pirate. On today’s show he takes us beyond the pages of his book and challenges us to take student engagement to another level. This episode isn’t for ye land lubbers, so proceed with caution. Aye aye!

 

Show Notes

Dave’s Website

Follow Dave on Twitter

Teach Like a Pirate on Amazon

Chronicles of Narnia as Free Audio Books

The Bedley Bros. #EdChat Ep 31: Genein Letford


Charismatic, humble, and lighthearted, Genein Letford is a finalist for the People Magazine’s Teacher of the Year award. She teaches music in Los Angeles and has received acclaim for her innovative approaches to integrating the arts into the regular ed classroom. It’s another dynamic episode of the Bedley Bros. EdChat! Free PD baby!

Show Notes

Genein Letford on Twitter

American Teacher book

US Geography a HUGE Hit with Parents

 

My 4th and 5th graders just performed the Bad Wolf Press musical “US Geography” in front of a raucous packed house. I’ve never taught a group of students with more acting and singing talents than this class. Check out this duet sung by Hailey and Jordan.

And listen to little Melodie, a 4th grader, sing a solo called “The Rockies and More.”

Here’s the whole play.

Talented Students Sing in Class Musical



My 4th and 5th graders just performed the Bad Wolf Press musical “US Geography” in front of a raucous packed house. I’ve never taught a group of students with more acting and singing talents than this class. Check out this duet sung by Hailey and Jordan.

And listen to little Melodie, a 4th grader, sing a solo on “The Rockies and More.”

Teaching Standards with Musical Theater



For the last few years, I’ve been using musicals by Bad Wolf Press. They produce a wide variety of standards-based musical plays for grades K-8. Putting on the shows is a lot of work, but the kids never forget the lyrics nor the experience. A couple of 20 year old siblings were singing along as my students performed California Missions and More. Two years ago we performed a musical on the US Constitution. In May, the kids will perform US Geography for the student body and a night performance for parents and friends. Producing a show like this has several benefits including building class community, connecting the students with the community, and integrating the arts into our busy days.