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.
For so many years, I have dreamed about attending ISTE. When I found out that I would be able to attend this year, I was speechless (THANK YOU to my wonderful school district, MISD!). Now that we are about a week away, I am still so excited, but now the nerves have set in! This “ISTE Newbie” needed some guidance and help! What does an educator do when they are looking for guidance and help? They reach out to their PLN! And boy, did my PLN show up for me!