Ever since, I’ve used Morris’ idea, and played the theme from The Andy Griffith Show as a cue for students to return to their seats. These musical transitions have saved my voice years of wear and tear. Here are some of the ways I’ve been getting music into my classroom
After recess, my students have a ten minute chunk of time to read a book and listen to some relaxing music. This serves as a “settle down” period as well as a time for me to check homework or finish up other administrative tasks. Why not add in a way to expose students to something interesting as well?
The California Gifted Standards define novelty as “unique and original expressions of student understanding.” Are you providing this for your gifted students? Here’s a way to incorporate music, group collaboration, and literary response.