Episode 222: Music: An Easy Way to Guarantee Student Engagement - EB Academics

Episode 222: Music: An Easy Way to Guarantee Student Engagement

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Teachers know just how important engagement is in a classroom. Not only do students need to be engaged to learn, but engaging lessons are also essential to successful classroom management. While there are TONS of strategies out there, Caitlin and Jessica offer listeners one very simple way to create engagement in the classroom: use music! We think these practical and fun ideas will be just what you need to add some spark and wonder to your lessons as this school year comes to a close!

Tune in now to hear:

  • [:48] Caitlin welcomes listeners back to the podcast where she and Jessica celebrate their birthdays and share a new approach to increase engagement in your classroom as the school year winds down.
  • [1:53] While there seem to be a ton of strategies to increase engagement, it can be difficult to realistically prepare and incorporate all these ideas.
  • [2:38] Music is a super simple way to capture students’ attention before and during a lesson, and Jessica discusses just how useful this tool can be in your classroom.
  • [3:26] Jessica then offers a few ideas to utilize music to create an enjoyable classroom environment that will, in turn, lead to participation and retention of knowledge for your learners.
  • [5:28] Caitlin lists some questions that you can ask yourself to brainstorm ways to utilize music in the classroom:
    • How can I use music to enhance my lesson?
    • What type of music or specific song can I use for this particular lesson or unit?
    • Which songs contain lyrics that are relevant to the topic I am teaching?
    • Can I ask my students which songs they can think of that relate to the topic we are studying?
    • How can I effectively use music as students enter my classroom?
    • Can I play a particular song when students transition from one activity to the next?
    • How can I use music to end my lesson with an impact?
  • [6:35] Next, Jessica walks listeners through a couple examples incorporating music into a whole-class novel unit.
  • [9:27] One easy way to plan for using music during the school year is to consider the novels and short stories you plan to teach throughout the year and what songs relate to themes and lessons from each text. Caitlin shares an easy way to brainstorm during your planning!
  • [10:16] Writing lessons can be impacted through music, as well, and Caitlin offers some ideas to add to your seasonal writing units in particular.
  • [12:07] Students can also participate in selecting the songs/music you choose to use in the classroom, which is yet another way to pull them into a lesson, engaging them in their learning.
  • [13:55] Caitlin encourages listeners to be on the look out for an exciting workshop experience all about student engagement coming this summer!

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Then, pick the date you’re going to teach it in your classroom, and sit back while you watch as your students show up to your classroom pumped about what the day holds…and gush about your class to their parents on the car ride home!

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