From my MT during my student teaching I learned all kinds of great songs to help students learn what would normally be boring material. I remember at first I was surprised, because I thought kids wouldn't embrace it at all. With their first quiz, he sent them out in the hall to sing to him the song as a part of their grade while I monitored them in the classroom. I thought, no way are high schoolers going to buy into this... Little did I know. Students rocked that first quiz over material they had only been experiencing for less than a week. The song did the trick and making the song a part of the quiz grade was enough push for even those skeptical students. Once they saw it worked they sang along with us all year. So I started out my first year with middle school the same way. I introduced the first song, explained I knew it was silly, but I also told them that they would be thanking me later. Before the 8th grade's final exam started I counted them in and they sang together all of their songs. It was such a fun moment. I really believe in this tool for teaching now. I think it just shakes up the average school day. I just ran across this from the RCA and it warms my heart so much: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeidQbVWOV0 I love how into it all the kids are. Granted "Bottom's up" is not an ideal song kids should know, but hey, I bet they can't hear that song without thinking about math now! I am thinking about doing a project next year where I give them a topic and ask them to work in groups to create their own song for it. Do any of you use songs like this in your classroom? Have you done any similar projects? I would love to hear what everyone else's "process" is for coming up a catchy educational diddy!