Teachers - are you fed up with low level disruption in your classroom?
Do you despair of your children's lack of listening skills?
Do you wish you could just get on and teach without constant interruptions?
I took part, with my class, in the pilot project, starting in September 2010. The children thoroughly enjoyed both the exercises and the songs – I wasn’t allowed to forget our daily routine!
The repetitive nature of the exercises means that the children can perfect and feel really confident in what they are doing – there is no pressure to learn something new every time.
Although some children in my class had particular learning or behavioural difficulties, after only a short time the whole class had become calmer and I found that pupils that had originally ‘stood out’ in class were very quickly working purposefully alongside their peers. This was noticed by other members of staff too!
Apart from the increased control over their own bodies and singing voices, the class is now more focused on their learning, with all pupils making real progress in their academic work. Although the pilot project is over, we are still using the exercises every day. Suzanne Walton (Music Co-ordinator / Assistant Head at Whitehill Junior School, Herts.)
Kate is enjoying her daily ExerSing.
Two teachers have discovered a winning formula to help solve classroom issues.
It could be said that the most important skill in life is the ability to listen, not just to hear. When we learn how to listen, we learn how to communicate, interact and empathise with others. This in turn can add to our intelligence as well as build our character.
''The mind is a terrible thing to waste''
The songs are simple and unaccompanied, the movements can be done in a small space. It only takes 5 minutes.
Would you be interested in a free 5 minute vocal and physical exercise to improve your child's concentration and listening skills?
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Arlette Overman is a music graduate from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She started her career in secondary state education following a PGCE at the Institute of Education. Sasha Baldwin is a graduate in Modern Languages from the University of Cambridge and has a PGCE. Both have busy teaching lives in Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire.