Marguerite MacLean shares how she uses music and stories in her classroom to teach important literacy skills.
Tell us about your professional background.
I’ve worked for many years in multicultural international education systems, both teaching and in school leadership positions. Currently I’m living in Malawi still teaching and enjoying meeting the individual needs of my students. I incorporate into my music and literacy resources my travel experiences from around the world. It’s a great way to share stories!
How do you use your resources in the classroom?
My passions are literacy skills and music and I combine them when I’m teaching. I’ve always believed that music communicates more than just spoken words and I’m always composing songs to use in the classroom. When I was in Cambodia, I taught high school students with the songs I composed and found it an effective tool when teaching literacy skills.
Tell us about the resource you are most proud of?
The resource I’m most proud of is my story e-book ‘GustoSinga’ which I use as a learning resource for literacy skills and understanding and respecting our world and the different cultures and animals found within it. Currently I’m producing a musical version of it in an international school in Africa, it’s exciting to be the play writer and director. The characters in the story face many challenges and their ability to learn from them and overcome them provides excellent learning and discussion opportunities for students.