More Ways to Prepare

From Soundtracks for Learning, Prepare for Learning: Attention, Attitude and Atmosphere

Attention, Attitude, and Energy Adjusters

Adjusting attention and energy levels is a constant task during a full school day. Whether used as students enter the classroom, during breaks, or as background for activities, music can help make the attitude, attention, and energy shifts needed for learning. It also gives your students a soundbreak for refocusing. Upbeat, invigorating music energizes, while slow, relaxing music calms. Here are quick and easy ideas and activities that will help set the necessary energy and attention levels for your students. Some of these activities add an element of humor that builds classroom rapport. Others use physical movement to accentuate the effect. All of these soundtrack ideas help students get ready to learn.

Watch for more welcoming ideas on my blog or purchase Soundtracks for Learning to get started now. Here are some more ways to prepare for learning you’ll find there.

Techniques for energizing:

  • Wake-Up Call
  • Attention Grabber
  • Brain Gym Cross-Crawl
  • Make Your Move

Techniques for calming:

  • Take It Easy
  • Cool Down
  • Take a Brain Gym Breather: Cook’s Hookups
  • The Aaah. . . Break


Learner’s Guide to Musical Mood and Energy Management

Many of the techniques for preparing learners demonstrate how to use music to establish moods or energy levels that enhance motivation and learning. The following activities expand on this idea with specific mood and energy management techniques. Students can use these to establish their own optimal learning states; they can also use them to self-manage their moods and energy levels at other times as well. Mood management is an emotional intelligence skill that will be useful throughout their lives.

The Soundtracks Mood Adjective Wheel (adapted from the Soundtracks Mood Wheel for Classroom Music Use) may be used to help students identify and name their feelings. A simpler version of primary emotions, the Musical Moods List may be used with younger students who have more basic reading abilities; it can also be used with older students who are just learning this method. For non-readers, make a mood list using faces with different expressions!

You can develop mood-management techniques using the following activities from Soundtracks for Learning:

  • Mood-Matching Basics
  • Testing for Mood-Matching Success
  • Mood-Matching at Home
  • Iso on the Cake Techniques


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