Writing Rhymes To Transform Student Engagement In The Middle School Classroom: Part 2

Writing Rhymes to Transform Student Engagement in the Middle School Classroom: Part 2

After convincing the 8th grade social studies team to try out the unknown with a rhyme-writing project, we began our test run with our first period homeroom students. For 20 minutes a day, students were given a week to complete raps of their own in groups of three, the freedom to choose any social studies topic from class, and given full responsibility to work at their own pace in computer labs alongside peers. The great thing about Lyric Lab is that it’s structured in each video, so students were able to listen to what the Flocabulary rappers did, and get inspired…

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Writing Rhymes To Transform Student Engagement In The Middle School Classroom: Part 1

Writing Rhymes to Transform Student Engagement in the Middle School Classroom: Part 1

For a teacher, sometimes educating students is a process of letting go. As educators, we spend so much time keeping a firm grip on a student’s path to learning. Working for the past few years with a student base that is 99.6% “economically disadvantaged” and difficult to captivate can, and often does, leave me exhausted at the end of each day. A rigid structure in the classroom worked for me for a time; on paper, my students improved. Test scores were up and I was confident that this made me a successful teacher. But I had lost something important with…

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