Earlier this week I was lucky enough to attend Ron and Nancy Brown’s “Rock Your Math Class” workshop by Creative Mathematics. My principal had some extra $ available and that always makes it easier if I’m not paying for it! I am a learner anyway so taking a couple of days during my time off in the summer is well worth it if I get something back to use in my classroom. Originally I was going to use this class for college credit to go toward my re-certification but I decided against it as I still have time. That and who knows how things will change with this due process mess?! But anyhow, this workshop was phenomenal!
I LOVE playing music in my classroom and last year’s class could identify Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Phantom of the Opera, Cats, and general classical favorites, just to name a few. I also try to incorporate melodies and videos to help students learn different concepts from multiplication to bones to senses. It really helps them learn the concept!
Now I’m truly fired up on how to use more music in my math class, not only for use in my core curriculum but also for intervention time. I have a great book from the workshop with more masters and samples available on-line. Yay for freebies! From telling time, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, science concepts, and brain breaks, my CD player will be working overtime!
If you’re interested in checking out the music, their website is www.intelli-tunes.com. I’m anxiously watching my mailbox for the 3 CDs that I have ordered!