Sunday, 13 August 2017

Back to school classroom tunes to help with rules and routines

The summer break is coming to an end and the school year is about to start in the northern hemisphere. It's important to get your class settled into a routine and following the class and school rules as quickly as possible. Music is a great way to help children learn concepts and can be used as an effective classroom management tool. Here are some Rocking Dan Teaching Man YouTube songs and animations that can be used to help get your students into a routine and have everyone singing from the same classroom management song sheet all year long!

Start the school day off with music first thing in the morning. As your children come into class play the song "Good morning sit on the floor quietly." It gives the children clear directions and expectations about how to enter the classroom. The song reminds the children about the things the teacher is looking for when they come into class. It's a fun catchy song. Challenge your students to see if everyone can be sitting on the floor quietly ready to learn before the end of the tune. 

Getting a nice straight quiet class line can be a challenge at times. "The line up song" teaches the children in a fun melodic way the things you are looking for when they line up. It gives clear expectations about how the class line should look and what the children need to be doing in order to be ready to move around the school. 

A great session of learning can lead to an untidy classroom. The children may have been using glitter, recycled materials, boxes, paper, markers, pencils, scissors, electronic devices, books and cardboard during the lesson. Everyone needs to be responsible for taking care of the classroom when it's time to pack up. Sometimes it can be a challenge to get the children motivated to clean up. "Tidy up the classroom" is a fun song that encourages the children to clean up quickly, safely and respectfully.  Challenge your students to see if they can tidy up the classroom before the end of the song. You can play it a couple times if it's a big clean up job. Your kids will be happily singing as they tidy and before you and they even know it the classroom will be cleaned up and looking great!

Through out the school day you are going to need the children to move from one lesson to another. "Transition time" is a fun song that encourages the children to move quickly and sensibly to their next activity. The song gives the children 1 minute to do everything they need to do to get ready for the next lesson. It's a great way to get the kids focused on what they should be doing so no time is wasted between learning sessions.

Music and movement can also have a positive impact on your students' brain function. Music and movement can help to create the right balance in the mind to allow the children to attain an optimal level of alertness and calmness so that they are ready to learn. Here are some songs that can help the children in your class find their optimal level of mental alertness.

"The silent bean bag game" song helps children with their throwing and catch skills as well as giving them a chance to settled into the school day and self regulate. It is also a lot of fun. 

The days are getting colder and the leaves are falling from the trees as we move into October and a new season. Here is a fun movement brain break that your kids will love and will help them renew and refocus their energy to get back into their work. Dance like a scarecrow! 

Hey who doesn't want to dance like a scarecrow! 
It's also really important that your class gets along with and respects each other in order to create a positive learning environment. "What makes a good friend" and "Hands off Feet off" are a couple of tunes that help to teach and re-enforce the concepts of respect, self control and friendship. 

Try these songs to assist with your classroom routines and to help get your children in the right frame of mind to learn. Look out for my next blog post with will be full of Rocking Dan Teaching Man educational learning songs about beginning school. 

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Top Children's Music Blog Award from Music Authority for Rocking Dan Teaching Man

It is a great honour to have received a Top Children's Music Blog award from The Music Authority. I am most appreciative and humbled to be given this amazing award. Thank you to everyone at The Music Authority for your recognition of my educational music.

You can read all about the award here on The Music Authority's website . It's a great achievement and I am excited to have been given this award along with some other fantastic children's musicians. 

Here is the Rocking Dan Teaching Man write up  for the award from The Music Authority website. Congratulations to the other award winners. It's wonderful to be in your company.

Check out my thank you video to the Music Authority and to all the teachers, parents and children who watch my videos.

Music and movement in the classroom excites and engages children with their learning. It can help children with their brain development, learning new concepts, re-enforcing learnt content, develop gross and fine motor skills as well as balance and coordination. Music and movement can also assist children with their self regulation, by helping them to obtain a good mental balance between alertness and calmness so that they are ready to learn. It is a great privilege for me to be able to share my music with teachers, parents and children all around the world through my blog and YouTube channel Rocking Dan Teaching Man.
My YouTube channel has now had over 2 million views worldwide. 

I have also had some amazing experiences performing live via SKYPE with children in classrooms from all around the world. It's such a great feeling to know that I am having a positive impact on children's learning outside of my own classroom and in other parts of the world!
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You can also check out my new self titled album at Play the album here on the music player.

The album can also be streamed on Spotify
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I have continued to make new and interesting educational music videos for the primary classroom. You can check out all my latest tunes on my YouTube channel like the new extended version of The Friends of 10, Do the Bear walk or On the Weekend (The weekend recount song).

Thank you everyone for your support with my music and teaching. It means a great deal to me. Until next time Rock and Learn.

Rocking Dan Teaching Man.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Rocking Dan Teaching Man the album out now

Exciting news! Rocking Dan Teaching Man the album is out now! The album features 19 hit Educational songs from my YouTube channel! You can buy it and download it from CD baby. Buy Rocking Dan Teaching Man Album from Cd baby

Take a look at the promotional video about Rocking Dan Teaching Man the album.
You can also check out all my latest educational music videos for the primary classroom on my YouTube channel.
My music videos are also available to buy on my Teachers Pay Teacher store.

  Thanks to Jen Hart Design for the amazing Rocking Dan Teachermoji and the dancing kids clip art. Go to Jen's TPT store for all her great clip art and teaching products. Jen Hart Design TPT store

Rock on with Rocking Dan Teaching Man and buy the album! 
Until next time rock on,
Rocking Dan Teaching Man