A Rockdale County, Georgia, teacher is helping her students get their grades in "formation" with a little help from music.
Kathleen Ruff is a third-grade teacher at Honey Creek Elementary School, and even though it’s her first year teaching there, she’s no rookie. Ruff has been a teacher in the county for 10 years.
“I am a passionate teacher and I love to make learning fun for my students,” Ruff said.
Nearly 11 years ago, Ruff started bringing songs into her classroom.
Ruff said she incorporated music into the classroom during her very first year of teaching, 11 years ago. Ruff taught kindergarten for the first seven years of her teaching career and songs were a huge part of her daily activities with students.
“I remember sitting at home one night trying to think of a way to help my kids remember what a complete sentence looked like,” Ruff said.
And as she sat there and jotted down some ideas, Ruff came up with a few lyrics to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It" and it was an instant hit.
The rest is history.
Ruff writes the lyrics to the songs she uses in her classroom, but she uses the music from current popular songs or past songs that were once popular, she uses only the instrumental version.