I was listening to the radio on my drive to work this morning. About a minute away from school, the song The Greatest by Sia pours through the speakers. While I was jamming out, an idea popped into my head: turn this song into a transition song for my students!
Immediately, I walked into the classroom, sat down (jacket still on), and looked for the song. I timed the song to see if it matched our reading transition time, which takes a little under 2 minutes for students to gather all materials and get books from their bins.
Perfect timing. Actually, shorter time. PERFECT.
I picked a stopping point in the song, right before Kendrick Lamar raps, leaving exactly 1 minute and 40 seconds!
Currently, we are using a timer for transitions, but it is not nearly as motivating to my students as music has proven to be. Transitions are tough for my class, but music is magical and has worked wonders on our transitions over the past month and a half.
My students were in their seats before the song even finished. 1 minute and 30 seconds.
I heard students saying things like: “Miss Chance, did you hear her say stamina?!” and “She sings don’t give up, don’t give up, just like our classroom song!“.
I hoped they would catch on to those key words in the lyrics…
Ah, so not only do my students like the song, but it will also shorten our transition time AND reinforce having a growth mindset. Quadruple bonus: it connects to our continuous teaching of having stamina as a reader.
I couldn’t have asked for a better song to hear on the radio while driving to work. 🎵