This year I decided to play music as students are entering my classroom and before the final bell rings. I had no idea what a difference it would make! Why didn't I do this before? It creates a positive, upbeat mood and seems to energize my students and ME!
At first I thought they'd complain when I blasted disco tunes by artists like Chic, The Bee Gees, and Vickie Sue Robinson ("Turn the Beat Around"). I thought they'd groan when I played Bon Jovi, Journey, and Whitesnake. I thought they'd roll their eyes when I played clean versions of songs by Tupac and Snoop Dogg. I really thought they'd lose it when I played Gypsy Kings. NOPE! They loved it! I had NO idea that my kids would react they way they did. Here are the results:
If I don't have time to put the music on, several kids will ask, "Where's our dance party?" I really like Pandora because I can create my own stations. If you're looking for a way to create a positive vibe in your classroom and build positive relationships with your students, just blast some music before class starts!