I teach elementary and I allow only my fifth graders to bring in their own
music with the condtiion that it have on objectional lyrics or words on ANY
songs on the cd. " No, I will not stand there and skip songs," I tell them.
I fell they like to feel more grown up than the other grades so I try to give
them some extra privilages. I've some great Christian rock and roll come in
as well as some other popular groups. Having a teen ager of my own, I know
most of the popular groups and know what would be appropriate.
The rule is, if they talk over the music, it;s off. I give them one chance,
then I don't play it the rest of the class. Other grades get to listen to
music I pick. I also play tapes with nature sounds like the rainforest while
doing Rousseau jungle paintings.
No one is allowed to touch the cd player except me without permission.
Some classes don't work well with any music, it just makes them louder.
I praise tables that are working quietly and reward those tables at the end
One class gets pieces of candy as an added incentive for staying on task
That's my challenging class. They are the only one who gets candy and so far
Another class of fith graders is starting to act up and in fact at the end of
their last class I was so fed up with them that I told them I wished their
art class had ended 30 minutes ago. There was not a sound as they filed out.
I don't usually lose my temper.
Just take each class as they come and find what works for each group.