What I found though was that this policy varied classroom to classroom based on what worked for that teacher and their specific students. Being a student teacher and only being in the class a short period of time, however, I decided to maintain whatever policy my cooperating teachers had in place prior to my visit so that the students had consistent routines. If I did have my own classroom though, I definitely think that I would allow my students to wear headphones! Here are some of my thoughts that came up while reading The Spicy Learning Blog's post and reflecting in general about it:
- Headphones are perfect for those students who are auditory learners
(whose to say that headphones HAVE to mean that students only use them
for music? They could be listening to podcasts or watching TEDEd lessons on
the subject we are learning about)
- There would have to be clear procedures about when headphones could be
used. I wouldn't be comfortable with students listening to music or videos
while I or another student was presenting information.
(only during "work time")
- Headphones could help create that solitude that students may need sometimes
(especially students who may be more introverted)
- Students may be cheating if they listen to headphones during tests (by having
- Headphones may help students focus on the task at hand, whether that is a
writing assignment, project, studying, etc
- As a teacher, I could have an iPod or iPad loaded with a pre-set playlist so that
students could listen to that music during a test and I could ensure that they weren't
What are your thoughts? Does you school have a policy on headphone use?
What are your pros and cons?