Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Hi followers, here are some of the Maths song I have created with my classes over the last two years.
The Polar Bear Length song was a great way to wrap up our unit on length. It was based on the things the children found out about the length of a polar bear. Great fun! (2012)

Stack Slide or Roll is a song based on what the children found out about they way 3D objects move. This one you can dance to. Enjoy! (2013)
There are more Maths song on my Youtube Channel. (The Friends of 10, The Dinosaur Number Conservation Song, Come on and Meet the Shapes.) So check them out!

I had a great time this afternoon at the Early Years Teach meet. So many great ideas about using different apps and other forms of technology in the classroom. I can't wait to try some of them out!

Monday, 29 July 2013

I am really looking forward to presenting Rocking Dan Teaching Man's songs and animations at the Early Years Teach Meet in Sydney tomorrow!
It will be great to connect with other teachers and find out how they are using technology in the classroom!

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Dancing to a description!

Here is the latest song that I have written with my Kindergarten class. It's called " The Mr Colquhoun Factual Description Song".  It is a song that describes me!

"The Mr Colquhoun Factual Description Song"

We wrote this song based on the Factual Description we jointly constructed as a class about me. The children and I revisited the process we went through to write the joint construction and then adapted the description to turn it into a song.  We brainstormed all the adjectives we could think of that describe me and recorded them on the SMARTboard.

After that we played a range of different talking and listening activities linked to the description of me.
Over the course of a few days we wrote the song together. I tried to keep faithful to the structure and language features of  a Factual Description.

When the song was finished we had a fun time singing it together. We also danced and played percussion instruments.
After that I recorded the children singing the song with a microphone on my laptop and added some musical instruments such as drums, bass and guitar in my "home studio".

Finally I made the animation that went along with the song and uploaded it to Youtube! The whole process was great fun and very rewarding. The children were amazing! They were so enthusiastic about the whole process!

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

My Youtube channel has reached 50 000 views! It's a great milestone. Thank you to all of you for watching! I really appreciate it! More fun and entertaining educational songs and videos to come!

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Facebook page for Rocking Dan

New Facebook page with all the songs I have written with and for my Kindergarten classes over the last 2 years. Check it out!
Rocking Dan Facebook page. Like me on Facebook!