How To Build Student Connections Using Music To Teach In The Classroom

How to build student connections using music to teach in the classroom

Hip-hop, a cultural movement started by Black and Latinx youth in New York in the early ’70s, is a great launching point for using music to teach. When used as a part of instruction, hip-hop can help to engage students, bring curriculum to life, and reinforce core knowledge and skills, including vocabulary support and reading comprehension. How can music be used in education? Hip-hop pedagogy, essentially applying hip-hop elements to teaching methods, gives students a chance to share their knowledge with other classmates and analyze experiences of their own as well as others’ in a meaningful way. It can act…

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How To Teach Comprehension Strategies In The Classroom With Flocabulary Plus

How to teach comprehension strategies in the classroom with Flocabulary Plus

All too often, the development of reading comprehension strategies is limited to the ELA classroom. There are so many content standards to cover in non-ELA subjects, and it can be difficult to find time to invite students to read with a purpose and analyze subject-specific texts. But with a generation of students who are exposed to more written, audio, and visual content than any generation before, it’s critical to develop and hone comprehension and literacy skills using a wide variety of texts in multiple mediums and contexts. The outsize—and growing—role of video content in daily life and in the classroom…

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Teaching Current Events: How The Week In Rap Is Created

Teaching current events: How the Week in Rap is created

Over the past two years, the role of video instruction has steadily expanded in the classroom, especially when teaching current events. Facing school closures and remote learning, many teachers turned to video as a way to keep students engaged. Video is a familiar format for a generation of digital-native students and can serve as a great hook, and sometimes the bulk of instruction, for certain lessons. But finding quality, timely video content can be a challenge. That’s where the Week in Rap comes in. Watch the Week in Rap Teaching Current Events with the Week in Rap The Week in…

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