Pop Quiz: Music in the Classroom
I am Jennifer and this is my official first post on School of Doubt. I am public school science teacher in Pennsylvania and I without further ado here is today’s pop quiz.
This week in my class we measured the densities of various drinks in order to estimate their sugar content to the mellow tones of Reggae music.
I love Reggae music for labs, it is upbeat, but not harsh like dance music. It regulates the volume of a class, preventing it from getting too loud. It promotes good lab practice of standing, because really who can sit still to Bob Marley. Students work quickly, but not recklessly and when I need to get the classes attention nothing works better then turning the volume up a bit and then all the way down.
I like to use Pandora because I am not really an aficionado. I can set the reggae station with parental controls which keeps the music mostly school safe. Every once in a while a song slips in, but then I just casually unlike it.
So what about you? How do you use music in your classroom? Do you find that different styles of music are better suited for different situations?
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