Musical intelligence in action

We were reading about the Iditarod Race, held in Alaska every year. We came across the word "champion", and because students who are deaf/hard-of-hearing usually have vocabulary difficulties, I stopped to see if anyone knew what that word meant.

"Does anyone know what 'champion' means?"
(No one did).

In a fit of inspiration, I sang this line (hamming it up, as I usually like to do): "Weee are the champions, my frieeeeeends....."

Eight faces stared at me blankly, some clearly confused as to why their teacher had just broken into song. There was deadpan silence for about two seconds.

Then, from the back, one of my fifth graders stated matter-of-factly: "Queen"

Ahhhh, there is hope for this generation after all!!


Cristin said...

I love that song! Glad to hear one of your students had heard it. :-)

Thanks too for dropping by my blog.


Anonymous said...

For myself personally, I never did learn the words to songs until my mid 20s because I don't hear the words well. However, I did know the tunes of the songs and could hum with them. Then I learned a coping skill of reading the lyrics to the songs I really like. So now Bon Jovi actually sings "doesn't matter if we make it or not" instead of "doesn't matter if we're naked or not" Maybe that's why they stared because they haven't actually understood the words?

Anonymous said...

I would like to hear your rendition of "We are the Champions" Sarah! How about a repeat performance at Christmas??
:) Brenda

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Elizabeth said...

GREAT BLOG! I hope you'll consider adding it to the aggregator at Deaf Village ( -- we'd love to have you as part of our community!

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