Music is an extremely powerful tool in a variety of different contexts. The definition of a film can be transformed by one tune, whilst the mood of an individual is somewhat determined by what they are listening to.
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I fondly believe that music has a huge role in education and not just in the verse of Music or Dance lessons. You can set the tone of your classroom by the mood of your music. Similarly, you can bring a topic to life through matching music. If you have asked the children to produce a Big Write piece on World War Two, why not provide the background noise to underpin the thoughts and ideas that are being written about. Take the children to that scenario without even physically stepping foot on the battleground.
I recently visited a school in North Nottinghamshire and lunchtimes were surrounded by music both within the dinner hall and out on the playground. You could feel the positive vibes spreading around school and there was not a behaviour incident in sight. All from simply pressing the play button.
Consider what you listen to outside the school context. When you are undertaking the commute to work, choose a blend of uplifting music. Promote the day ahead to yourself and bring a positive frame of mind that you can spread to your colleagues and children around school. Children feed off positive vibes.
Those ideals can then be extended to the laborious daily tasks of planning and marking. Set a rhythm with your choices and feed that passion for teaching oncemore, reminding yourself of the difference you are making to children’s lives.
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