Mnemonics are interesting devices that help us to remember things. Whether in the form of a song or rhyme, acronym, or visualization, mnemonics can be very beneficial tools when learning and memorizing important information. These are particularly great for students-when I was teaching, I used to use songs to help students remember how to find perimeter and area in math, or learn a list of all helping verbs in English.
They can definitely be used in the library as well. At my school, we no longer have a basic computer skills class for students, so I’ve noticed that a lot of kids come into the library without any basic typing or computer literacy skills. Doing a project using a web 2.0 tool takes longer than you would expect because students aren’t that familiar with a keyboard and don’t have basic typing skills.
I noticed a few of the main things students were having problems with, and I came up with this mnemonic to help them remember a few basic typing skills. This definitely isn’t comprehensive, but it does include a few basic things that would be important for word processing or typing for an online project. So here is the HANDY mnemonic:
I would go over these items before we began work on a project, and then have it hanging up as a reminder, as well as referring to it for review before other projects down the line. Although I came up with it for third graders, I think it could be used with 4th and 5th grade students who need the reminder as well.
What mnemonics have you used with your students? Is there anything in particular that has worked well?