I learned something about chants when presenting on Thursday:
Chants are there, but they are hiding in the circling and in the general discussion. So, every once in a while, take any sentence that you are circling and kind of slow down and taste it, like you would taste a wine. Explore the sound there, audibly or sublingually or just in your head. The sound may have some potentional to become a chant or a kind of song.
It’s o.k. to stop teaching and do that. Silence is good. In those moments, previous meaning will drop down into your students’ deeper minds. We never pause enough in our pacing enough anyway – we should be doing that as per https://benslavic.com/blog/2010/03/10/handel-and-the-ventures-reprise/
If you choose to explore the sound openly by messing around with the syllables and all like that, the kids won’t care – they already know that you are a little crazy. And they need the reps. Maybe toss an entire little tune onto what you are saying, making it into a ditty. Ditties rock.
If you sense a rhythm or something that has musical potential in the taste of this wine made from words, go for it. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Surprisingly, the kids will go there with you more than you think. And if they don’t, who cares? At least you’re not talking about object pronouns.
Admins don’t actually read the research. They don’t have time. If or when they do read it, they do not really grasp it. How could