My classroom is not a quiet, orderly place.
Students are constantly moving, thinking, talking, reading and writing.
I do my best to help my students find success.

March 30, 2017

Music-minded #SOLC17

Join the Slice of Life Challenge
Write every day in March.
Crank up the music and write!
Two Writing Teachers
Michelle Haseltine's post, "What is your theme song?" took me down a wonderful path of music this week, and I'm so thankful for it!

I'm a huge music fan.  I will listen to nearly any type of music, but mostly pop, rock, hip hop, Disney soundtracks and Broadway musicals.  My daughters will sometimes tease me about my crushes on boy band music (there, I said it) but I don't care.  Even though I don't have a decent singing voice (my husband does!), I will sing along loudly to songs when the spirit moves me.

This week I've enjoyed entering some new genres into Pandora (like country) and blasting music through the house.  It's been fun to dance around and sing as I wash dishes, cook, and work on paperwork.

All this music fun makes me realize... I need to figure out a way to mesh music into my reading instruction.  I think some of my developing readers are driven by music as well:

  • A good number of my younger students will randomly break into song (especially if they attend their music special before my class), and many of them like to dance.
  • My fourth grade group figured out they could imbed YouTube music videos into a Google document.  They like told me they like to listen to music during centers.
  • Sometimes my classroom is too quiet and needs some background music to fill the silence.
Perhaps song lyrics will be our poetry for April?  I'm excited to try something new in my classroom.

And by the way, Michelle, my theme song is "Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield.
Drench yourself in words unspoken, live your life with arms wide open 
Today is where your book begins, the rest is still unwritten
(Lyrics from Google play music)


  1. Music - love it. Not loud, just background - not vulgar, just soothing. A tune to hum along to and make you smile.

  2. Song lyrics are an amazing place to find poetry.

    I have a Hamilton-quote question on my grammar test for tomorrow (on appositives)!