How Hip-Hop Can Transform Our Classrooms

How Hip-Hop Can Transform Our Classrooms

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.

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  • February 25, 2010

3 Titans: A Hip-Hop Ode To Knowledge And 'College'

Check this out: three 5th graders put together an awesome hip-hop song that big-ups college and higher learning. They collaborated with the celebrated Menahan Street Band (which has contributed tracks to Jay-Z, as well as working with greats like Sharon Jones and the Budos Band) - and were featured on NPR! Challenge your students to write their own academic (or otherwise meaningful and classroom appropriate) rhymes - it's a fantastic higher-order thinking activity, and gives your kids a chance to shine while working on their writing skills! Read the article and listen to the song HERE. Direct link to the…

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  • December 8, 2009

PS/IS 150 in Brooklyn: The School of Rap

Meet Craig Campbell and his students, at PS/IS 150 in Brownsville, NY. Mr. Campbell and his students created the "School of Rap," using Flocabulary as inspiration for their own brand of Hip-Hop in the Classroom. Check out the pics, and listen to a song the class recorded below. Dare I say, the production is truly ahead of its time and the rhymes just get stuck in your head. We've been singing it at Flocabulary for days! Craig Campbell got in touch with us with an amazing story of turning "disinterested rebels" into "engaged students" with Flocabulary programs (in his case,…

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