There are many ways to bring music to the classroom and a lot of the articles I read on the subject advised to use music to set the atmosphere during the class: if kids are too boisterous, play them a slow song, if they seem sleepy, play them an energetic one.
One of my groups is quite small with 5-7 children and they can be rather quiet. When they were working on an exercise, I played Hall of fame from The Script in the background. It was like a switch!
They all sat up with a straighter back, humming along, some even trying to sing along – they’ve heard the song before and it’s a catchy tune. They were a lot more animated after and ee had a great discussion following the exercise they were doing during the song.
I wasn’t sure how it would influence the class even after reading about it so I was rather pleasantly surprised to see the effect. It was also strange how I felt more connected to them on a personal level. The fact that they enjoyed a song I love brought me closer to them and made me realise that despite our differences in many areas, we do have common grounds, I don’t have to stand alone separated from them on my teacher island.
I would definitely recommend using music as a background in the classes, next I’ll try to see if I can make my loud class calm down a bit with some Piano Guys maybe 😉
In April I set myself a challenge to use more music when teaching English. I passionately believe in the power of music to make everything better and I want to motivate my students to feel more relaxed, and at the same time more inspired about learning English. I’m sure it’ll be a journey with ups and downs! 😉
What’s your pick-up song when you feel tired?
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