Some of you know that I started running last year. For this reason, I am constantly changing up my iPod playlist to find inspiring music that will keep me motivated and energized. Well, one of the things that I have noticed lately is that many of these inspiring songs remind me of my work in inclusive schools. So, I thought I would share the top 5 inclusion-related songs I am currently enjoying. I cannot tell a lie so I will disclose that I wanted to write this post not only because I think music can move people to create, move, and act, but also because I so loved listening to music countdowns as a kid that I wanted my own moment of being Casey Kasem! In order, they are:
5. Make This Place Your Home by Phillip Phillips
Ok, so I really did get addicted to this song during the Summer Olympics, but the more I listened to it over the summer, the more I ended up loving its message. The song (to me) is as much about accomplishment as it is about being welcome.
4. I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
This one is necessary to have on hand for bad IEP meetings, not-so-hot days in the classroom, and the like. It is a nice one for co-teachers to sing to each other :)
3. Welcome to Wherever You Are by Bon Jovi
I wish I knew the story behind this song because it really sounds like it was written as a teaching tool for inclusive classrooms! It is really sweet.
2. Good Life by OneRepublic
This song always motivates me. Some people can’t run to slower songs like this one, but I am such a slow runner, every song works for me—LOL! It always puts me in a good mood. There is one semi-“bad” word in the song, otherwise it would be perfect to play in the classroom.
1. Change Your Mind by Sister Hazel
I just love this song! I started listening to it as I was trying to run a mile and then 3 miles and then 5 miles and so on. The more I listened, however, the more I became enchanted by the bigger message of the song which is to change your life by changing the way you think. The same goes for changing the school, the classroom and so on.
What would be on your inclusive schooling soundtrack? Please share! I am always looking for great music to use and pass on to others.