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To promote the uniqueness of all students in the classroom, Eric Shieh, music teacher at MELS, a NYC Outward Bound School in Forest Hills, asks groups of students to collaboratively perform a cultural song of their choosing. The process can be messy and challenging, but the resulting harmonies create a beautiful learning experience. Read more in his essay titled, “Embracing Excess in the Classroom,” which he wrote for EL Education’s Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month series.

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