As high-stakes testing season approaches, the classroom can become a whirlwind of test prep. With these tests drawing nearer and nearer, it’s important for teachers to focus on more than just content because there's more to being prepared than just knowing all the answers. Students must be able to deal with stress and anxiety, have good studying habits and practice the act of taking a test itself. But how do you address these skills in the classroom? We asked teachers this very question, and here’s what we found.
Jaclyn Woerner 5th Grade Teacher Woodbridge Township District, New Jersey
Did you know that hip-hop has the most unique wordage than any other genre of music? It’s okay if you didn’t, because truthfully, I didn’t either. That is, until I dived into Flocabulary three years ago. I realized that not only did this program have catchy tunes and rhythm, but it incorporated so many different words and ideas in each and lesson. It completely changed my instructional pedagogy…for the better!
Natalie: I have always loved working with kids and I have a passion for learning and continuing to grow (as a person) and teaching allows me to infuse those two things!
For February’s #FlocabChat, we talked about hip-hop’s ability to transform classrooms and enhance lesson plans. While we covered a lot in our discussion, we wanted to break it down even further, as the benefits of using hip-hop within education are endless. A quick shout out to MC Educator Joquetta Johnson, our fearless discussion leader and hip-hop ed advocate! Her questions were thought-provoking and prompted a great conversation. If you missed the chat, we’ve compiled all of it here.