During non-instructional times I play soft, soothing instrumental music from a YouTube channel. I’ve just purchased a Wholetones GoTo. What do you do to create ambiance in your classroom?

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I play instrumental CD’s. Our county doesn’t want us streaming music b/c they want to save the bandwidth accessibility for instructional purposes. I also use floor lamps around the room instead of the harsh overhead lights.

That’s understandable. I guess our district (which is not county wide) doesn’t have a bandwidth problem. I have at least 2 dozen CDs of instrumental music in my classroom, but I found one particular YouTube channel was easier as well as more soothing and calming. I’ve been reading about how tones are more effective at creating a more soothing atmosphere, and so I purchased a Wholetones GoTo for next year. We’ll see how it goes!

I use Pandora. There are several really good instrumental stations. I also use lamps and rugs. I have a couple of faux trees and window planters with faux greenery and flowers in them too. I find the plants add something home-like and cozy and not so concrete wallish LOL I’ve used a lot of fabric for things- bulletin boards, string garland, etc. The different materials and surfaces add some dimension and make it feel better. I just purchased some cool string lighting to drape across one of my walls, and I’m excited to see how that looks too. Most importantly, organization makes my classroom feel better to me!

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