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I believe that music can change your day. Hearing the right song at the right time can uplift, inspire, engage, calm, or touch you. Transition times in sixth grade were getting rowdy and long and frustrating for me and for the students. I thought about how I could change that. The expectations of what need to be done during transitions are clear and understood...yet I was still getting cranky and nagging the students. I needed to let go...allow them to accomplish their tasks without my complaining and nagging.
I created a playlist with songs that were school appropriate. (That wasn't as easy as I thought it would be.) The songs also needed to be a good mix of upbeat, soft, inspirational, and even funny.
Now as students enter the classroom, a song is playing. I enjoy the music and I'm more relaxed and they either ignore it or dance to it. It's helping. I play music as we put laptops away in the carts or as we clean up. Transition time is turning into one of my favorite parts of the day.
Some of my favorite songs to share with the students include:
I also have the song Let it Go from the movie Frozen. One morning that song was playing and two of my girls were arguing about who sang this song. I had the Demi Lovato version. When I told them that, they promptly informed me that the movie version was much better. I looked it up on youtube and we watched it. Idina Menzel sings it. We spent a few more minutes watching the video. I treasure those moments. We slowed down. We listened and really enjoyed the music. It made our day better!
Another favorite is the song Brave by Sara Bareilles.
Finally, Pharrell's song Happy is another current favorite.
I ask you, with music like this as the soundtrack to our days, how could anyone be cranky?!?! I'd love more suggestions to add to my playlist. Any songs you think would work to help in our transition time? Thanks!