Time Saving Tips - Sept. '22
Creating a music playlist can take a lot of time and feel very overwhelming. But, if you've been to a S.M.A.R.T. workshop, you KNOW how important it is to use music in the classroom. Music changes the mood of your classroom because it affects the nervous system. Music can bring on the "feel good" brain chemicals, raise or lower the heartbeat or blood pressure, and reduce anxiety!
Use music to set the mood as students enter the classroom, and we love the idea of having fun, upbeat music playing to greet them. Or Leslie in North Carolina used music to indicate when it was time to clean up. She chose a song that was 2 minutes and encouraged students to have everything cleaned up before the song was over. PSST, this technique saves you time too! Use music during a brain break with flagging tape streamers! Remember, purposeful movement breaks like this save you time when you use them intentionally to get students' brains back on track.