It's been amazing collaborating with so many teachers on Facebook. With so many teachers, and so many great songs, there are also so many great opinions! With all of the voting and great discussion, I wanted to give an insight to how I landed on the final songs.
1. Most of the songs were easy choices since they were the highest vote getters amongst the teachers who voted.
2. I did chose three songs that did not get as many votes as some others. Here is my explanation:
-De Ellos Aprendí, David Rees: I chose this song to bring a variety in genre, and because I think it's so creative and different.
-"Me Equivoqué", Ventino: I chose this song again because it's different than the others on the list, but also because we needed some female representation.
-"Somos Los Prietos", Chocquibtown: There were three Chocquibtown songs in the top 36, so even though this song wasn't at the top, Chocquibtown deserved some representation. It was the top vote getter of the 3 songs, and I just love Choquibtown.
3. I decided to do 18 songs, instead of 16. One reason was because choosing just 16 was really tough this year! Another is because this will allow us to to have two play in rounds. The bracket will look like this below. The play in rounds will pair 2 songs together by the same artist. Most likely the two Morat songs, and the two songs featuring Sebastian Yatra. That way, the students favorite song by each artist will move on in the bracket to provide more song variety instead of potentially having two songs by the same artist meet in the finals or semi finals.
4. I cut a couple high vote getting songs. I also pushed a few high vote getting songs out to a student vote, where students will choose 2 songs from a list of 5. Here are the songs that got cut or sent to the student vote round and why.
"Aleluya", Reik: (student vote) because Reik has two songs in the tournament already.
"KitiPun", Juan Luis Guerra: (student vote) Okay, I love this song as a teaching tool, but my gut keeps telling me that students will not connect with this one as well as others.
"Por Fin Te Encontré", Cali Y Dandee: (student vote) This song has Sebastian Yatra, he is in the tournament twice already, and it is another reggaeton type style, and so it was replaced with a song that gave the tournament a little more variety.
"Es Tarde", Juanes: (cut) We already have a Juanes song in, and this one did not get an overwhelming amount of votes.
"Estrella", Nicky Jam: (cut) This was in a student vote situation to get into Locura last year, and didn't quite make it. We also have a Nicky Jam song already. I love this song though!
That's a little insight into what I was thinking in getting this final selection! Thanks for all of your help and collaboration!
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About Señor Ashby:
I am a K-12 Spanish educator specializing in creativity. I am passionate about learning through technology, music, and innovation. I have taught Spanish to K-12, and am a two time finalist for online teacher of the year (2011, 2014). l live in West Michigan with my wife and our four energetic boys!