I first fell in love with the music (and videos) of Emily Arrow when Mr. Schu ran a contest for the picture book Louise Loves Art. Be one of the first 5 classes to tweet out a picture of kids singing along and win a copy of the book. I had heard of Emily Arrow before but for some reason had never clicked on her videos. I wasn’t sure how my students would react, after all, they are sometimes way too cool to get a little silly, but that day I realized what a genius Emily Arrow and her music is. As I played her infectious tune and watched my 7th graders, yes 12 and 13 year olds, dance and sign along, I knew that I had to share Emily Arrow and her talent with as many people as possible.
Emily Arrow is the real deal; her love of picture books flows through her songs, which entice us to read the books just one more time. My own children are hooked as well and even my husband who has a notoriously picky style of music will play the songs and smile broadly. You simply cannot help but sing along as the music starts to play. Yet the genius of Emily Arrow is not just her songs, it is the videos she creates to go along with them. This is why my students have acted out jazz hands and drawn in the air. And this is why my students asked if they could please send her some questions, so we did, and she answered them! Thank you Emily Arrow; we are so thankful you are sharing your genius with the world.
1. What is your favorite song to sing?
cross posted at http://pernillesripp.com/
Mass consumer of incredible books, Pernille Ripp helps students discover their superpower as a middle school teacher in Oregon, Wisconsin. She opens up her educational practices and beliefs to the world on her blog www.pernillesripp.com and is also the creator of the Global Read Aloud Project, a global literacy initiative that since 2010 has connected more than 1,00,000 students. Her book Passionate Learners - How to Engage and Empower Your Students is helping teachers change the way students feel about school. Her other book Empowered Schools, Empowered Students is meant to give others the courage to change. Follow her on Twitter @pernilleripp.