Saturday, August 22, 2015

My Secret Ingredient to Open House Success

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.
My Secret Ingredient for a Successful Open House: There's plenty of great Open House ideas out there, but this one will have everyone feeling great!

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.

It works!

What music makes you feel happy?

THIS POST has a freebie list of song ideas to download!

This post is part of the Bright Ideas Blog Hop for August.

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12 comments:

  1. Music does make us all feel happy! Fabulous idea to use during Open House! Thanks so much for sharing that!

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  2. Such a great idea! I know our open houses and parent meet nights can drag on and get very tiring, so this is something I would definitely encourage! Thank you!

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    1. Thanks, Michele! We usually have Open House after a day of teaching, and I need the music to keep me going!

      Sally

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  3. The music really sets the mood, doesn't it?!? Fabulous tip!
    Hello Mrs Sykes

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  4. I never thought about playing music during Open House! Great idea!

    Krazy Town

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  5. Love it! I'm going to have to remember that for next year.
    Upper Grades Are Awesome

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    1. I've used this idea for years now! Music really affects people's moods!

      Sally

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  6. Great idea! I have a parent night coming up and I think I'm going to try it.
    Hope you are having a great start to your school year!
    WigglingScholars

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    1. Let me know how it goes! We started this week, and I'm happy, but exhausted!

      Sally

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