Tag Archives: learning and teaching; classroom karaoke; transition; scaffolding

Sing like you don’t need the money…..

One of my all time fave songs is a country song ‘Come from the heart’ written by Richard Leigh and Susanna Clark, and I’m a big fan of the Weddings, Parties, Anything version and will sing it loudly and off-key whenever it is on my ipod. If you don’t know the song it goes like this:

You’ve got to sing like you don’t need the money,

love like you’ll never get hurt,

you’ve got to dance like nobody’s watching,

it’s got to come from the heart if you want it to work.

Today I’m thinking of this song after reading Sarah Baker’s (2012) article on Classroom Karaoke (Youth Studies Australia, 31(1), 25-33). I love this idea of using classroom karaoke as a strategy for academic scaffolding and relationship building with university students, and I’m thinking ahead for the ways I can use this idea in my Young People and their Worlds course with my students in 2013. I think the idea of using the songs as a way of scaffolding students into understanding concepts is a great way to engage them early on, to introduce them to the topics we will examine and to begin to develop the threads for some of the theoretical frameworks we will cover as well. I might also discover the next “Voice”  or “Australian Idol” in my classroom as well – who knows? It might be uncomfortable, it might be awkward but I’m sure in the classroom it will be better than me belting out a version of “Big Bad Leroy Brown” in a local pub as a first year uni student (this may or may not be a true story – it’s up to you to decide)…

So who else is up for a bit of classroom karaoke?