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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How Music Transforms Learning In The Classroom

How Music Transforms Learning in the Classroom

When music plays, you just feel it. You begin tapping your foot or swaying. Maybe you start singing along or humming to yourself. You can’t help it. Even those with hearing impairments find themselves connecting to the rhythm as it throbs and vibrates in our bones and in our brains. Music is powerful. It evokes so much. When hearing the theme from "Friday the 13th" or "Chariots of Fire" we feel correspondingly apprehensive or inspired. Couples have their own breakup, make-up, and love songs that elicit corresponding memories and emotions. I think everyone has an innate connection to music. My…

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There’s No Such Thing As Being Good Or Bad At Science

There’s No Such Thing As Being Good Or Bad At Science

While I enjoyed studying the different biology courses in high school and college, I would never have admitted to anyone that I was good in science. However, when you’re a poor college graduate looking for a paycheck, and they offer you a science teaching position, you take it or starve! Thus, my first few years of teaching were in math and science. The amazing thing is how I learned to teach it effectively through the lens of a kid who struggled--yes, that kid was me! Do you sometimes feel stuck when teaching science? Can I be of any help? Here…

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Flocabulary’s Summer Webinar Series Is Approaching!

Flocabulary’s Summer Webinar Series is Approaching!

Summer calls for fun, relaxation, warm weather, and for many educators—continued PD and learning during school break! We want to keep the momentum going for you all summer long, which is why we're excited to offer four mini webinars on popular topics in ed tech. Read up on our summer webinar series below, and make sure to sign up today! Can't make it to the live session? We'll send an archived recording to all registrants, so make sure to sign up and we'll send the webinar straight to your inbox. Hope to "see" you there!

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  • October 20, 2010

Photosynthesis Rap – Teacher Made :)

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…

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