Student Contributor: C. Sanchez
Teachers will play a positive and happy song when their students are feeling overwhelmed or frustrated with school. A teacher will utilize this as a preventative strategy.
This tool is to be used when students are feeling overwhelmed with what they are learning. A teacher might most frequently use this during a hard unit of school that they know is difficult. IF students are starting to get upset or their work level has gone down, the teacher can play a happy and positive song. If students are overwhelmed by a difficult lesson and have given up, this can cause distraction within the classroom. However, teachers can play a positive song such as “Walking on Sunshine.” This serves as a brain break for all the students, especially those struggling. However, this also helps to reestablish the atmosphere of the classroom. Teachers can help their students see learning as a positive experience. This can also help students see that in the midst of a difficult problem, a positive mindset can be beneficial. This is supportive because it redirects the class and helps them not be distracted by being overwhelmed or upset.
This is a supportive strategy because it is addressing negative behavior that is arising. This strategy helps students to reset and take a break, therefore it provides students with the opportunity to correct their own behavior. Any time a teacher plays a specific song, students can be assured that it is time to take a break. This strategy supports the students and prevents them from getting overwhelmed. This tool should be used frequently. Similarly, this should not be used once the students' behavior has escalated into chaos, otherwise it would be in the corrective phase. Instead, this tool is to be utilized to help students revaluate and assess their behavior. This strategy does not only have to be used when the teacher notices exhaustion and frustration. This strategy can be used consistently in the classroom, thus giving students a consistent brain break when they hear the designated song.
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Tool Source: Todd Finley