I'm adding to my bag of tricks.
For the past few years my 1st-3rd grade students have loved having "Nacho Karaoke" day once a month. On the day the cafeteria serves nachos, I let them all eat in the classroom and we sing karaoke to songs with lyrics that I have saved from YouTube.
I'm reviewing my list of songs before this year's first Nacho Karaoke and was re-introduced to the song "Brave" by Sara Barielles.
As I paid attention to the lyrics, I really noticed the refrain this time: "Say what you wanna say. I wanna see you be brave!"
I thought this would be a great way to introduce "Accountable Talk" to my students! For the past few years, it's been challenging to teach children how to agree or disagree with a peer based on text evidence. It can be hard to raise your hand and speak up during a group, especially if you are disagreeing with a friend. However, when students DO engage in accountable talk, I have found that they truly start to engage with each other and the text in a purposeful and meaningful way.
My class has already set our essential agreements (rules) including one that states "We will be kind to each other." With that as a foundation and also practice of the roles of "speaker" and "listener," I think we can use this song to talk about how important it is to speak up and "say what you wanna say" during an accountable talk discussion time.