I love using music in my classroom. I have a song that I play in the morning. The students know that when this song comes on, they have 4 minutes and 30 seconds to be on the rug and done with their morning math.
I also have special writing music. I use instrumental music when we are doing writing. If I do not put it on right away my students are asking for the writing music.
We also use music sometimes for what I call brain breaks. When we have been working hard or need a break. I will play the chicken dance. We all get up do the chicken dance and when it is done we go back to work.
Thanks for all your great posts. I use rating the day in my classroom. It has really helped keep the kids accountable to their behavior throughout the day.
Thank you for the comments and confirming the effectiveness. It truly is amazing at how music can effectively be used to manage your day. Plus it is fun!
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