This is the hard part. I grew up in libraries. When I am surrounded by books, I’m in a library. But when I substitute for the elementary school Librarian–I mean Media Specialist–I need to answer the phone, “Media Center.” When the students come to library, the class, I need to instruct them on how to find books in the “Media Center.”
I love being surrounded by books. Whenever I have a moment, I browse the shelves looking for classics and authors I know. But students need to find books quickly. In one class period, they don’t have time to explore the library, and they shouldn’t just pull out books searching for something interesting because invariably they will shove the books back in the wrong spaces.
Remember how I said I learn so much substitute teaching? Well, after reminding the classes all day long that non-fiction is divided by subjects in the Dewey Decimal System and then giving each class the numerical breakdown provided on the cheat sheet prepared by the Librarian [drat! Media Specialist], one of the fourth grade classes asked me if I wanted the class to sing the Dewey Decimal System song.
“A song!” I exclaimed. “Absolutely.” What a wonderful way to help students learn, making knowledge into music, the information into a song. It works. I still remember, from sixth grade, the preposition list song to the tune of Yankee Doodle.
This class of experienced singers knew every word to the Dewey Decimal Song, and soon I found myself swaying to the tune of I’ve Been Working on the Railroad. Unfortunately, I can’t find the specific words online to the Dewey Decimal System song, or the song sung to the tune of I’ve Been Working on the Railroad. However, I did find teachers singing the Dewey Decimal System song to the tune of Louie Louie by the Kingsmen.
What do you think? Doesn’t knowledge through song make it easier to remember? What songs do you remember from school?