Friday, February 1, 2013

Music for the classroom, music for the treadmill, and February Currently!

Music for the Classroom
I recently went to a workshop where the presenter used a music group called The Vitamin String Quartet on Pandora.  It. Is. Awesome!  The quartet plays pop songs with strings instruments, so there are no words.  I love having music in my classroom, and this eliminates any words that might not be appropriate while letting them hear familiar songs.  I really like that it gives orchestra and music a fun spin.  The station on Pandora rotates through other musical groups, but the songs are really fun!  Try it out next week and let me know what you think!

Music for the Treadmill
As many of you know, my winter is filled with a lot of treadmill runs, so I need music.  What you might not know, is that I am extremely cheap.  I refuse to buy songs on iTunes that I can hear on the radio, so Pandora is my go-to.  I came across a station on Pandora called Pop and Hip Hop Power Workout.  What I love about this station is that the music changes so I don't get into a rut, but it's all pretty upbeat.  I need high intensity songs and the factor of the unknown is a great surprise when in the middle of a run!

February Currently
And last, but certainly not least is Farley's February Currently!  Woohoo!  Can you believe it's already February?  We're getting ready to send home Quarter 3 mid-terms!  What happened to this school year!?

Stop by and visit Farley, meet some other bloggers, and learn something along the way!

Super Sunday Sale
My store is already 20% off, but wait until Sunday and you'll get even more!  I borrowed this image from Farley's blog, but get ready to stock up!  From reading activities, poetry, St. Patty's Day, and Student Led Conferences, you won't go wrong! :)

Gotta's Friday night (and yes, I know I blogged twice today...don't tell anyone!)



Steph said...

Negative people are a pet peeve of mine too! Blah! Also, love Vitamin String Quartet :)


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The Polished Teacher said...

I love your blog! It is so adorable!

I agree negativity is the worst!

I am sick of the cold weather too. Bring on summer!


Tania said...

A snuggie is something I need to. My classroom is so cold I have a sore throat almost every day. I should move somewhere close to the equator :)
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Mrs. Leeby said...

So glad I found you from Currently! It was -14 when I woke up today. I TOTALLY feel you on needing the weather to be warmer!

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Lisa Mattes said...

So excited about your Pandora tips!!! Thank you!!!

And - my kids have snuggies but I use my robe. Brrrrr!!!

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Lori said...

I totally get it about the cold! I am tired of it too. Bring on spring!
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Christy said...

I love the music for the classroom that you discovered, I will definitely be checking this out more!
The all black attire is hilarious, what a fun school environment to work in :)

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Jessica said...

Cool blog design. ;) It's great to read that you value music in the classroom. Hope Pendura doesn't just play the same little rotation of songs as most commercial radio stations these days. ;) Sounds like there's more variety.


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Courtney said...

I will absolutely have to check out those songs on Pandora for my classroom! I'm always looking for great music to use.

I have a snuggie... I'm pretty sure everyone needs one. :)

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April Walker said...

I am excited to checkout the Vitamin String Quartet on Pandora. I just wish it would decide to be hold or cold here. It keeps bouncing between 30 and 70.
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Run Teacher Run! said...

So glad you are enjoying the music selections! I always learn new things through Farley's currently! Happy weekend to all of you!

Mrs. M said...

I'm a new follower...found you through the linky! :)

I can't negative people either. I really try to separate myself from them- especially the ones I work with. I don't like the energy at all :(

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Jennifer said...

I have been SEARCHING for music to play in class! I can't wait to check out Vitamin String Quartet!

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Mary Bauer said...

It sounds like your staff and principal have fun with each other. I don't know if we could all wear black on the principal's birthday.
It's good to meet you through Currently.

Bridget S said...

I am going to have to check out that Pandora Station. I too am too cheap to buy songs on iTunes, except I did cave in and buy my newest favorite song....Girl on Fire :)

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Tammy Ferrell said...

I totally agree with you on the warmer weather! We had our first snowfall the other week so now Spring can hurry up and get here! Newest follower here!

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oh' boy said...

thanks so much for linking up :) i wish it were colder here... maybe we can meet in the middle I share some warm you share some cold... what a say???

The Brown-Bag Teacher said...

bahahaha - I love that you all wore black. How funny! :)

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Live, Laugh, I LOVE Kindergarten said...

I totally have a snuggie!! My friends and I bought pink ones one summer! I totally support the idea of buying one! :) I am your newest follower!! :)

Kimberly Ann
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