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Elizabeth Peterson. Integrating Music with Literacy to Help Struggling Readers. Supposed to be on July 31, 2011 at 11-11:30pm.
It was “supposed to be” because, honestly, I wasn’t able to attend the webinar I’m very interested into because I fell asleep waiting for it. I wasn’t able to attend the other following webinars because of work the next day. I’m very interested in this presentation because I myself am a struggling reader. There will be times that when I don’t like what I’m reading, I immediately fall asleep in front of the book. Sometimes I have a very short attention span to what I’m reading. Just after a few paragraphs, I find myself looking at other things (playing games, looking for someone to text to, staring at pictures of the book, etc.). Sadly, I didn’t hear Elizabeth speak live together with the other participants.
But good thing that as I followed the speaker through twitter, I’ve found very interesting links about this webinar archived in some webistes. It has some kind of summary about the overall presentation. (Links can be found here: http://www.delicious.com/jcpaunil/rscon3)
As I read through the blogs and comments of the people present in the presentation, I still learned a lot. I realized that reading different writings and listening to music are very similar to each other. Using the experience from listening to music can definitely improve the reading experience of a student as a struggling reader.
Ellizabeth’s strategy is to make her students hear a piece of music together and then she’ll let them express what they think about what they heard. This helps her bring her students to her teaching on reading. Before drawing her students’ attention to the lecture on reading, she would first let her students experience their interest which is listening to music. This is one way she integrates music with literacy.
I’ve found that there are increasing number of learners and educators in the internet and, just like the concept of open sourcing, they share it for free! This alone compels me to learn more and look for more educators out there who have some idea worth sharing and/or learning.
Elizabeth Peterson Integrating Music Literacy to Help Struggling Readers
“The more we listen, the more we enjoy. The more we read, the more we understand.” That was the quote Ms. Elizabeth Peterson used in one of her slides. The webinar that I attended was entitled Integrating Music Literacy to Help Struggling Readers. It was amazing because my schedule fit in this session. I am a music lover and I love to read and so, this session was perfect for me.
The clock ticked 11 and the session started. Ms. Melissa, her assistant introduced to us (the students) Ms. Elizabeth. Ms. Elizabeth is the host of the website www.theinspiredclassroom.com She is also the author of Inspired by Listening, which she had raffled at the end of the session. In her book, she tackled how music could be integrated in teaching different subjects.
The webinar started by Ms. Elizabeth asking a question how we are related to music. Most of the students answered that they are just music lovers. Then she went on to her lesson. She let us use the whiteboard, she asked us what music to us is and we freely answered it thru writing around the board. It was my first time to attend to a webinar and it was fun. Although I am not much of a listener and I get distracted easily, I really exerted effort to stay focused. And it was worth it! I learned about the parallel process between music and reading. Ever since pre-school, music was one of the agents in helping students learn. Who does not remember his/her nursery rhymes? She shared also the idea that music makes repetition painless. Another good point that she raised was the BME rule. Just like songs which have beginning, middle and ending so does a story. In the beginning the question would be “does it got the listener’s attention?”, the middle “does it tell a story?” and in the ending “does the ending wrap it up?” As the teacher introduces this kind of technique through music at first, it would be easier for students to do it in a story the next time. However, the music should not be complex but short and simple. Lastly, what I liked in the session was her insight about visualization. She said that “visualization is the key to comprehension.” Personally, I like it when I see a book that is done into a movie. I would watch the movie first then read the book after or vice versa. If I had read the book first, I would watch the movie then to figure out if my imagination is the same as to the director.
I enjoyed the webinar but I think it is better if she had played music as an example. This session is very informational although less interactive. Given a chance, I would love to attend in a webinar again.