I've been through lots of Open Houses. The purpose of the Open House is usually to let parents know what's going on in school. There are loads of blog posts about setting up your classroom, scavenger hunts, parent stations, brochures, and presentations.
I do all those things, leave plenty of things for parents to take with them and get to know my classroom and my procedures.
But I do something else that seems to be an added extra that makes a difference:
I play happy music!
You know, that kind of music that just makes people feel good.
I got this idea years ago when I went to an all day conference, and was walking into my "mid afternoon" seminar with dread: it's a tough time of day, and I was feeling like I'd prefer to take a nap.
When I walked into the room, the presenter was playing "happy music". I don't remember the specific song, but I remember it made me feel like moving.
I immediately felt a smile on my face, and I looked around the room and everyone else was smiling and moving to the music.
Research tells us music can affect our feelings.
So I play "happy music" to help people feel good about my classroom.
What music makes you feel happy?
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