Thursday, June 30, 2011

A Musical Timeline of New York City

Eight weeks, eight songs. The activity board outside the Media Center is revamped for the summer term, and the focus is a musical timeline of New York City. Starting with a George Gershwin standard performed by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, and ending with Jay-Z and Alicia Keys and their anthem to New York City, we've covered a lot of bases. The activity for each song has a language-focused component and some suggestions for learning more about the featured artist or genre. The worksheets are on the Media Center board, in the binder near the teacher computers, and on the Media Center wiki.

Encourage your students to check these songs out in their spare time, or perhaps do them in class. Also, if you have ideas for field trips or class projects inspired by these eight songs, let us know!

Summertime (1957)
Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

Sunday Morning (1966)
The Velvet Underground

The Only Living Boy In New York (1970)
Simon & Garfunkel

Because The Night (1978)
Patti Smith Group

The Breaks (1980)
Kurtis Blow

Last Goodbye (1994)
Jeff Buckley

Maps (2003)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Empire State Of Mind (2009)
Jay-Z and Alicia Keys

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Talented Dancers at TELC

We had a party for the last day of DIP AM yesterday... the dancing! Our students are so talented! Laurie's Dance as a Second Language class performed for us, including a breakout solo performance by Soh.

Then Khoi from Level 5 took over.

The students were ready to get down at this point, and get down they did - until we had to kick them out of the cafeteria! Thanks to Laurie for encouraging her students to perform, and thanks to all the teachers who brought their classes to the party. Send any great pictures and videos my way if you want me to post them. (Does anybody have video of the DSL class performance?)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

LiveWire: The June Issue

Here's the latest issue of LaGuardia's monthly newsletter.

Monday, June 13, 2011

National Geographic's Photo of the Day

Many teachers like using a photo each day as a speaking or writing warm-up prompt. Have you looked at National Geographic's Photo of the Day series?

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Lab Lessons from Teachers - Thank You!

We have a handful of new lessons submitted by teachers this semester, and I encourage the rest of you to take a look. Thanks to Kevin for a timely lesson on a recent Obama speech, and thanks to Sherwin for three lessons, all of which are great for the lower levels (one of which includes some Talking Heads and Joni Mitchell).

All the lessons are now stored on the TELC wiki, which means you can access them from any computer (including your home computer) as long as you remember your login information. The lessons are filed under Lessons Submitted by Teachers, in the right-hand navigator section of the site. If you don't remember your wiki login info, or if you are not sure that you ever set it up, please see Heather.