Do you play music in the classroom?
I've been wanting to try it out for YEARS and previously searched teaching blogs for implementation ideas and suggested classroom playlists. As I kept digging, I had even more questions:
Will it distract my students (or myself…classrooms are not exactly quiet places!)?
What equipment will work best (laptop speakers? Spotify?)?
Finally, I just jumped in and did it!
And I'm SO glad I did!
Yes, it was distracting at first. Mostly by joyous children dancing in their seats, lol.
Logistics? I'm pretty sophisticated using my iPhone and plug-in speaker 😉
But after music became a “regular” thing, my students were able to sing and groove along, WHILE staying focused on their important work. And our classroom transformed into a pretty awesome place to be!
Besides the STAPLES on our playlists (soundtracks like Sing, Hamilton, The Lion King, Frozen, etc. and classical/instrumental), here's a list of our tried-and-true classroom favorites.
Classroom Playlist for the Resource Room Setting:
Can you guess my students' NUMBER ONE hit on the classroom playlist?
Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' by Michael Jackson
That song is our playlist GO-TO – guaranteed to add some energy and smiles to the room 🙂
This summer I'll be updating my music and I'd love to hear from you! What songs are missing from the playlist above?
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