Hey-O friends! How do you manage changing classes (my class doesn’t but I’m curious), or even moving from subject to subject within your own classroom? I teach in a self-contained classroom and it’s easy to shift subjects down the schedule a little when things don’t go as planned.
When it’s time to check morning work, I play a song
When it’s time to come to the carpet for a lesson I play a song.
Subject change & it’s time to get out a different interactive notebook and folder—
YES, I have a song for that!
I keep a slew of songs on my iTunes and iPhone/iPad and I just click depending on what I need!
It’s easy to say that it’s time to start something new and kids take that task as, “Okay I can chat with my friend now for 1049813582305 minutes”. If they’re singing—they’re on task and still able to talk–but they’re singing to a tune.
When the music stops they must be ready!
Beginning of the year I introduce a song for a new subject/idea slowly.
I want the kids to get used to it and understand the rules that follow when the song begins and ends.
Basically, I am morphing my little kids into dogs. Just call me Ms. Pavlov 😉
I keep my phone in my pocket while teaching, whatever I’m honest…judge me 🙂
Since my phone is in my pocket, I can quickly access the iTunes app and play the songs that I need.
The volume on your phone is loud enough for all the kids to hear.
Don’t stress yourself out running to the computer 😉
Here are some possible music ideas!
Of course some will feel awkward at first, but when they see that I am also singing along, they feel more comfortable to do it themselves 😉
Click the play button to hear these songs:
The first song is this mix is the one my kids and I sing every time its carpet time!
I thought the kids wouldn’t like it at first but even my boys sing along!
Use these songs to signal that it’s time to get our their folder or notebook for that song, clean just from the previous subject because the new one is about to start, or other ideas!
I also included some songs for lunch and recess!
Use these songs to signal it’s time to clean up, pack up, and/or line up for dismissal 🙂
I threw in some theme songs also 😉
What songs do you use or do you think would make great transitions?
I would love to change up my routine for second semester, next year, and give a bigger selection to other teachers!
I hope this was a Peppy Zesty idea for you!
Pin the image below so you can reference these songs later and check back for an updated list!
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