A fun project my students and I worked on was to create a soundtrack of songs that immediately put you in a positive mood. Students have a host of struggles which spill over in their academics, and since they enjoy listening to music I challenged them to create a list they can turn to or should I say, turn up (ha…see the puns there) if they feel a bad mood creeping in.
Ohhh…one more rule was that the artist had to be African American (or write lyrics touching on African American issues) because I currently teach African American Literature and this was a way I could incorporate additional learning.
I have found starting class off with a positive song improves the environment of the classroom…this is not always an easy task as I teach in an inner city school. (Students are ages 16-21).
Have you heard? What we put in our bodies affects us—we have the power to decide if that is for the positive or the negative. We discussed that when we are in a bad mood we tend to gravitate to and listen to music that makes us even more angry and upset. Being mindful about what you are listening to can change that.
Our Positive Vibes Soundtrack
Comment: What song immediately puts you in a good mood? What song would you add to our list?