Great post, as always! :)
I teach 1st grade, and I use music for our center transitions. However, it has a twist- I use Dr. Jean science/math songs to incorporate into our reading time. A few songs titles include: "Parts of a plant", "Money Song", and "Continents". Students sing along with the music, reinforcing math and science concepts. And since they are singing they can't be talking! Each song is about 1 minute long.
We also have a morning and afternoon song routine which I love. It doesn't just help the kids- it helps me too!
Thanks for the comments! I totally agree that music is just as effective to keep teacher motivation. I have used a few songs from the good ole Dr. Jean as well. Most of her songs apply to lower elementary, but there are a few I can squeeze in without too much resistance from the students.
Keep on singin',
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