Today I tried to teach the students a new celebration–the Elvis. You curl up your lip, and point to a person with two hands, while saying, “Thank you. Thank you very much.” Of course you say this with your best Elvis voice. That is, if you know who Elvis is…
“Tu sabes Elvis?” I asked expectantly.
“You know, ‘You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog…’,” I sang, while swiveling my hips in an attempted Elvis impersonation.
Out came the iPhone. (Thank you, Steve Jobs.) I quickly pull up my Elvis albums, play music, and show them a picture.
“He’s the king!” I say, “El Rey de musica!”
Needless to say, I quickly found a way to play a game while listening to music. We put Elvis on, danced around, and stopped when the music stopped. We listened to countless classic songs, and when I stopped the music, they had to freeze. Needless to say, this was a huge hit. I thought it was great too, because they had to really listen AND control their bodies. Plus, I got to listen to Elvis and dance around my classroom. Who doesn’t have fun doing that?