Dive in Deeper: Using TEACHROCK
to Scaffold Lessons for ELL Students
TeachRock is a standards-aligned, arts integration curriculum that uses the history of popular music and culture to help teachers engage students. The TeachRock curriculum integrates disciplines across the board and provides the perfect opportunity to build on prior knowledge to establish a link between students and new content material. Through the use of historical footage, think-pair-share activities and group collaboration, students’ experience personal connections that motivate them to think critically and relate material to historical events and current times. TeachRock lessons present structured opportunities for role-play and visuals that provide academic vocabulary to be introduced and reinforced with ELL students. Educators will dive into TeachRock lessons such as “Rock and Roll and the American Dream”, “Muddy Waters: The New Kid in Town”, and “The Leadership Roles of a Music Producer“ to discuss strategies that ensure all ELL students are engaged in their own learning. Conversations will center around whether the “American Dream” is simply a quest for a better life along with how and why the dream has changed over time. We will also discuss the emotions that arise when students feel like the “new kid” somewhere and how such experiences may provide opportunities for reflection and personal narratives. Educators will learn strategies such as VTS (Visual Thinking Strategies) to facilitate student understanding and conversation while embodying their road to success based on personal experience.
Stephanie Arnell is a seventeen-year veteran music educator who teaches at the Atkinson School in Freeport N.Y. A 1999 graduate of the Crane School of Music-SUNY Potsdam, Stephanie holds a BA in Music and Special Education. Stephanie earned a Master’s degree in Music Therapy from the University of Kansas and also has a TESOL advanced certificate from St. John’s University. Stephanie has presented at the NYSSMA Winter Conference, The Balanced Mind Conference, and for NMEA (Nassau Music Educators Association) and has written lessons for TeachRock. Stephanie was honored when she was chosen as 2017 Freeport Teacher of the Year. Stephanie’s classroom learning environment promotes fun, growth, and success through meaningful relationships.