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.
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.
Yes. He's done it again ladies and gentlemen. Frequent Flocab contributor and educational rap maven MC LaLa is back with an awesome, original music video and song on one of the most important documents in American history. As always, a very big thanks to Peter DiLalla, a.k.a. MC LaLa for this contribution to the Hip-Hop Classroom. Video:
What a year... Thank you all for making 2010 so great. And thank you for the incredible work you do, day in and day out. From all of us at Flocabulary: Happy holidays. We feel truly blessed to be part of a community of students, parents and educators who care. With your support, we'll be able to help even more students in 2011. Here is a little present. And like a department store, we gift rap. Enjoy - see you next decade!
Shout out to Gretchen Shary from San Antonio, TX for sharing this awesome home-made rap. Photosynthesis can be touch for students to wrap their minds around - not to mention all the content-area vocabulary! Just goes to show how fun and effective writing academic rhymes can be, for students and teachers both. By the way, Gretchen has a cool story. After getting a BS in Biology, she went on to get certification from the American Society for Clinical Pathology in Microbiology, worked in the local county hospital microbiology lab and then for a private microbiology lab. Putting her love of…