Does anyone play soft music during Writer's Workshop? When I was visiting a school I saw that a teacher did that and the kids seemed to enjoy it. Is it a good idea? I think she had like ocean breeze music.
I've done this before, but not often. I probably should say not often enough since the kids enjoy it.
I invited one of our reading specialists to come in to do a special reading and/or writing activity with the kids last year. She brought in a CD that had opera on it. Without providing background on the song, she had the kids listen to it and then respond in their journals about what they thought the song was about by listening to the artist's voice and the mood of the music. Afterward, the kids shared their responses. Boy, did they enjoy this! They had some excellent responses.
I've played music, volume down and instrumental only, when the kids have taken tests before. That worked well, too.
I like to play soft music during any independent activity... writing, reading, class work... However, I try to be sensitive to any students who might be obviously agitated by it. I play soft classical, nature, wordless music.
I play classical music during SSR and WW after the minilesson and class discussion. However, I burned some CD's instead of playing the station because the kids get distracted when the DJ comes on and talks, even though their voice is soothing it is a distraction. Also, my kids don't like opera...and sometimes its on when WW is going on...
During writing times, I use soft (barely audible) music. I took a class on brain-based teaching and the instructor said that instumental boroque music (I use a Vivaldi collection) is best for independent study or writing. It has something to do with the brain's natural rythmns. I play a different CD (Brain Power- I think it is a collection for babies) that is also boroque in tempo during reading. This music was a signal for them to begin writing/reading. I used other music for transitions and free choice centers (full-day kindergarten). I moved away from soft melodic music, like oceans and stuff, when I had children falling asleep on me ! I downloaded both CD's from WalMart or some other site.
Every day, during almost every independent activity that my kids do! I have a Diana Krall jazz CD that I played every morning when my kids entered the classroom. It got to the point that whenever I wanted some peace and calm, all I had to do was put that CD on. I play things like "Flight of the Bumblebee" during Math timed tests for basic facts....classical for writing and reading and I have exactly 3 rap songs that are clean and have a fun beat- so when I am doing "power teaching" we take a 30 second to 1 minute break and dance to those songs. I think that it reaches so many different areas of the brain and helps connect things together- as well as teaching an appreciation of different types of music.
I play classical music sometimes during writing. However, every morning when the class comes in I play music as they are getting ready for the day, and I'm doing all those "housekeeping" activities. I find that it sets a good tone for the day, and the kids really seem to enjoy it. This past year if I forgot to start the CD, someone always reminded me.
I play classical music constantly during writing and work times - if I can't hear the music the noise level is to high...when we play ocean breeze the kids will say shhh here comes the whales or with the Grand Canyon Suite they say shhh here comes the thunder storm .
I do lots of music, have some songs burned on my teacher computer, so it is never loud. When they are coming in the room I play Bob Marley type music, but for work I often play, oh-so-softly, Enya, Dido other folky mellow musicians... Beth Orton, Sarah Harmer. Anyway, the kids love it.
YES!!! I play music during our writing workshop time. We call it our "Thinking Music". The students loved it and would always remind me to turn it on if I forgot. I play very soft calming, classical music. I find that the students do relax and focus on their writing more.
Does anyone else have specific CD names that they prefer? I'm having a hard time finding a CD that I can leave on the whole way through without it becoming a distraction. I'd really like some more titles before the year starts.
Because writing workshop is a social activity for many, but a silent activity for some, here's what works for me: The first 10 minutes are silent writing time ("the silent 10"). I play soft music during this time. When the music stops, it is quiet writing time, during which students may move around and talk in soft voices.
I just purchased a CD by the Kagan Company that is meant to be played during work times. The music has X amount of beat per minute which they say with stimulate thinking , but not distract students. The CD is called Music for Mind: Reading and Writing. I bought it at my local teacher store , but it can be purchased on the Kagan website as well. I believe it was $15.99.