When I started my first year teaching, the stereo at my school only played CDs, had no remote and was on a cart that we had to roll into the closet everyday because we share a gym with the afterschool program at my school. You think I’m telling one of those “back in my day” stories, but no kidding – we didn’t have a remote control… it was crazy town. So one of my first purchases was to get a new stereo with and iPod dock and a remote. It was a pretty big upgrade and made teaching a lot easier since I didn’t have to run over to the stereo every time I wanted to stop the music. Also, having the iPod dock was a huge plus because instead of burning new CD’s all the time I could simply change a playlist or add a song in the middle of a lesson if I needed to. No more skipping CD’s… it was honestly pretty amazing.
My next upgrade was this awesome wall mounted cabinet with a plexiglass front, it’s taken quite a few hard hits from basketballs, soccer balls and dodge balls and has held up quite nicely. I never wanted to have to roll that cart out again and I also didn’t want to have the stereo take up floor space in the gym – the wall mount was a perfect solution and the plexiglass front protects the stereo and allows the remote to work fine, also it just looks cool. I mounted the cabinet high enough that kids wouldn’t run into it, but low enough for easy access. Now instead of rolling out a cart each day, I just turn on the lights and my music setup is ready to go – a huge time saver.
How much of a time saver?
Rolling a cart into the gym, plugging it in and powering on the stereo, powering off and rolling it back into the equipment closet each day = 5 minutes a day
(5 minutes a day) X 180 days of school = 900 minutes… 15 hours…
15 HOURS… That’s no joke peeps!
The only other thing I’ve changed on my setup is getting a Bluetooth Streaming device so that I can actually hold the iPod in my hand or pocket while teaching and stream the music to the Stereo. I really like this more than using a remote because it reaches across my entire gym, which allows me to move around more while teaching. Another benefit of using the iPod is that as long as I start a new song before each task I can look down and see what the time stamp says on the iPod and that lets me know how long the students have been in activity, it comes in pretty handy.
The box was pretty easy to install, we just put 4 concrete anchors into the wall behind it. I also mounted the speakers on top of the box with some small corner brackets. Another really nice benefit of this cabinet is that it locks and also swings out on a hinge so that you can hook up all the wires in the back of the stereo without pulling it out of the cabinet – huge plus in my opinion.
While it is pricey, if you can afford it I think it’s a worthwhile investment that will last a long time and be beneficial to your teaching. If you’re on a tight budget, just build a box yourself and put it up on the wall with some shelving brackets. Either way, anything you can do to minimize the amount of setup you have to do in the morning will give you more freedom to prepare an awesome lesson for your students.
Hope that’s helpful!
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by, affiliate links below for the Wall Cabinet and Bluetooth Streaming Device below. My specific stereo is no longer in production, but most of the newer models actually have bluetooth capabilities built in, I listed on below as an example.
One last thing, I did get one of these outlet covers for my power cord. It might not seem like a big deal, but during one of my Pacer Assessments, a student who was already finished accidentally pulled the power cord last year, it pretty much wrecked my assessment and also ruined the student’s that were still taking the test’s assessment. Not to mention their dream of getting into the Fitness Hall of Fame. They made it up later, but it just wasn’t the same… Now with this guy, it won’t happen again.
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