Hip Hop and Scientific Literacy in the Classroom

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Hip Hop and Scientific Literacy in the Classroom

Postby Manhal » Thu Oct 06, 2016 5:58 am

Hello there. This is my very first thread. I have been putzing around a few places on the boards, and finally had an idea for a thread that I could contribute to. Today is World Teacher Day. And I am a science teacher.
I love hip hop. And poetry. And science. As a teacher, I'm always trying to get better at teaching. To improve my practice. How do I integrate more engaging prompts into my lesson planning? How can I encourage scientific literacy? That question, and these links are inspirations for this thread, they come from a few places:

Flocabulary - Scientific Method Video
https://www.flocabulary.com/unit/scient ... hod/video/
To me, this beat is tight and I use it to get my students interested in the vocabulary associated with conducting experiments.

Next, I love ThugNotes reviews from Wisecrack
Book Review Example - Dune
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxq2ztkE0eE

Lastly, I love what this amazing teacher is doing.
http://www.ctvnews.ca/lifestyle/hip-hop ... sc=G5dgfdT

And here's his TedTalk - Christopher Emdin: Teach teachers how to create magic
https://www.ted.com/talks/christopher_e ... anguage=en
http://chrisemdin.com/

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"What do rap shows, barbershop banter and Sunday services have in common? As Christopher Emdin says, they all hold the secret magic to enthrall and teach at the same time — and it's a skill we often don't teach to educators. A longtime teacher himself, now a science advocate and cofounder of Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. with the GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, Emdin offers a vision to make the classroom come alive".
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Reality Pedagogy: Christopher Emdin at TEDxTeachersCollege
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Y9tVf_8fqo
Do you agree with Hip Hop Educators?
Do you enjoy these links? Do you have any cool links to share? Any advice? Thx. (sun)

I also like this link: Hip-Hop & Shakespeare? Akala at TEDxAldeburgh
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSbtkLA3GrY
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Last but not least, this is a new show from the CBC called This Is High School. The target population.
http://watch.cbc.ca/this-is-high-school ... 0adf0acb9c
Here is the first episode.
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Re: Hip Hop and Scientific Literacy in the Classroom

Postby Zombie » Thu Oct 06, 2016 10:49 pm

I believe as so do many others that to truly have people listen to your words is to associate what you are saying with sounds, and music as an undertone can do wonders.. I have never thought about it within an educational arena. so i did a quick google to see if there was anything related to your post and what I see is that for this type of teaching to work beyond a single genre it would have to be somewhat unrestricted as cultures differ so much around the world that to govern it would be a headache. I agree 100% on adapting education to the individuals you teach and hope that this kind of influence is adapted across more schools.
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Postby Corgimom » Thu Oct 06, 2016 11:42 pm

Musical and relateable classroom content has a huge track record of keeping students engaged.
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Re: Hip Hop and Scientific Literacy in the Classroom

Postby ink » Fri Oct 07, 2016 12:04 am

word. a very creative way to break through to the youth, find that common ground. equip them and sow into their lives. your involved in good work there, kind sir.

Christopher Emdin seems like an inspiration.. i think to myself, where were the teachers like that, when i was coming up? and then i realize, he probably wouldve been in the seat next to me.. :lawl:

Do you enjoy these links? Do you have any cool links to share? Any advice? Thx. (sun)


i did enjoy those links.. great post! i havent got to the tedx talks because i like to watch those when ive the time to absorb each one. i will return to explore, without a doubt!

my only suggestion would be to post each Tedx talk in its own subforum - http://ninjaevolution.net/forums/viewforum.php?f=44

give it the attention each one deserves mebbe..


so, are you currently teaching in an area where you can employ these techniques?
we are, what we allow to occupy us..





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Re: Hip Hop and Scientific Literacy in the Classroom

Postby Manhal » Fri Oct 07, 2016 12:56 am

Thanks Zombie. I don't believe this is a universal teaching methodology. Far from it. this is the icing on the cake, the 'hook', as it is sometimes referred to. It's usually presented at the beginning of a lesson, or in the middle or end, to punctuate a message and transition/segway into discovery learning. To entice curiousity, and to help engage the attention of students.

This is stuff I work with and think about. I like developing curricular activities; all that preparation helps me be much more effective :)
Corgimom wrote:Musical and relateable classroom content has a huge track record of keeping students engaged.

I agree completely Corgimom. Using multiple ways of presenting information, students can have options, different ways to complete an assignment, or do a presentation. They can gravitate to whatever modality they are comfortable with. They can help shape their cumulative and summative assessments.

And thank you ink. I have created separate threads for
Christoper Emdin
viewtopic.php?f=44&t=2550

and Akala.
viewtopic.php?f=44&t=2551

ink wrote:so, are you currently teaching in an area where you can employ these techniques?

Yes, I am teaching in Ontario. I for sure have used these resources, and I encourage students to be skeptical, rational, and creative. I taught for a year in Dubai at an American school, with an American curriculum. Ontario curriculum has more flexibility and less standardized testing. They both have merits, but Ontario is by far preferred. And thanks again ink.
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Postby AliceElite » Fri Oct 07, 2016 3:14 pm

This is BADASS.

I want to teach, eventually, maybe - and my areas of interest are scifi and fantasy, and teaching about literacy and storytelling through mediums that usually get forgotten (video gaming and comic books anyone?) so this kind of stuff is RIGHT up my alley! I fully believe that if we are going to study anything we need to do it through an interdisciplinary approach, otherwise we're really learning nothing about the world or the people in it. And if we're going to study that way, we need to teach that way too.

I definitely am going to check out that Shakespeare and hip hop link, as someone who's studied Shakespeare quite a bit I can definitely see a lot of elements of hip hop in his work, at least looking at cultural significance. People now tend to view Shakespeare as some elite writer - and of course he was - but he was a vulgar shit who talked about sex and drugs and murder, through language that crossed class lines.
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Re: Hip Hop and Scientific Literacy in the Classroom

Postby Manhal » Fri Oct 07, 2016 11:24 pm

Thank you AliceElite! I love teaching, and I learn alot from other teachers. I'm here if you want any advice or help as well. I also love sci-fi and incorporate a bunch into my teaching. In terms of interdisciplinary, I tend to do much more composition and language/communication in my science classroom. Music and writing, I feel, are good tools for science learning.

Here are some links I found that align with scientific literacy and hip hop.

http://www.startalkradio.net/why-is-sta ... -with-gza/
http://www.startalkradio.net/show/the-s ... za-part-1/

"If you think rap music is just about violence, then you’re about to have your preconceptions shattered. Columbia Asst. Professor of Science Education and hip hop culture expert Dr. Christopher Emdin joins Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice to explain how he uses rap to connect inner city youth to science. For instance, Chris says that Kanye West’s use of bullet sounds in a song can teach kids the physics of the Doppler Effect. But the soul of the episode comes from Neil’s interview with rapper GZA from the Wu-Tang Clan. They explore science as a creative muse, and GZA talks about the difference between how he thinks of his music and how fans relate to albums like Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). GZA talks about growing up in the ‘hood and how violence often is a choice. Part 1 ends with Neil and The Genius spitting a cosmic verse together, leaving us hanging for Part 2 next week."

An article of interest:
Seven school boards and approximately 800 students will be gathering in Toronto this week for the second annual edition of Free Your Mind: A Hip Hop Education STEMposium.
http://www.cbc.ca/beta/arts/remixing-th ... -1.3546734
and the STEMposium, they discuss Hop Hop Critical Pedagogy (HHCP).
http://www.hiphopstemposium.com/

Here is a quick look at the conference.



News story from CityTV.
http://www.citynews.ca/2015/03/27/hip-h ... ?show_id=0
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Re: Hip Hop and Scientific Literacy in the Classroom

Postby ghostdogg » Sat Oct 08, 2016 12:03 am

This is such an amazing thread //subscribed

The "Scientific Method" video was amazing <3 and Christopher Emdin is very engaging but I haven't taken everything in yet.

I don't have much to contribute here, in terms of science. I know that KRS ONE is heavily involved in trying to get "Hip Hop" studied in schools. Personally, I think he goes off a bit here-and-there but every now-and-then I'll get inspired by something he says. Here's a video on one of his lectures:
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Re: Hip Hop and Scientific Literacy in the Classroom

Postby Manhal » Sat Oct 08, 2016 12:33 am

Awesome! I'll check it out :) Glad you like the thread.
Contribute what you can, we can all come to this fresh.
We all have different perspectives and we can all bring cool new stuff to share with each other :)
Great video!
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