During the #ukedchat session on Thursday 19th August (subject: Classroom Management Tips) someone mentioned using music as a ‘settler’ when pupils enter the classroom. The way it works is that a song is played whilst the pupils enter the room and they then have until the end of the song to get themselves sat down, bags and equipment sorted and ready to learn.
I like this idea: it seems simple and workable.
Fussy classes who take time to settle can be very difficult to manage and I find this sort of disruption has the potential to eat into a 50 minute lesson in a very frustrating way.
So, I’ve been trying to come up with a suitably random playlist of songs with a literary theme to use at the beginning of my lessons this year. So far I have the following:
- Paperback Writer – The Beatles
- Wuthering Heights – Kate Bush
- Books and Letters – The Morning Light
- Newspapers – Dan Vaillancourt
- Every Day I Write the Book – Elvis Costello
- Read It In Books – The Teardrop Explodes
- Lucy – the Divine Comedy (lyrics are a Wordsworth poem)
- Reader Meet Author – Morrissey
- Books Written for Girls – Camera Obscura
- News of the World – The Jam
- Books from Boxes – Maximo Park
- Wake Up Boo – The Boo Radleys
- The Writer – Ellie Goulding
- Mr Writer – The Stereophonics
- Speech Therapy – Speech Debelle
I’d love to hear anyone’s suggestions for any other songs I should include. Oh, and I’ll let you know if the tactic works as a classroom management tool as the term progresses!