The teachers using rap and hip-hop to help students learn

The TES is reporting that on an international movement called HipHopEd that is using rap music to help encourage schoolchildren to learn…

Gary Grice, one of the founding members of hip-hop group Wu Tang Clan, regularly tours schools in New York, encouraging students to write raps to explain scientific concepts.

Teenagers have therefore written raps that accurately explain the principles of gravity, or – more in keeping with the genre – the functioning of the human reproductive system. They then perform these in a rap battle with other students.

Meanwhile, Darren Chetty, a teacher at Gayhurst Primary, in east London, has worked with students to come up with raps that explore identity and background.

“An important part of the teacher’s role is to help the student make connections between their lived experience and the wider world,” said Mr Chetty. “It’s about meaning-making – exploring home life, street life and school life, and creating spaces of reflection to see where those things connect.”

And, says Jeffrey Boakye, head of English at School 21, also in east London, hip-hop can be used as a non-intimidating introduction to more conventional literary texts.

He recently used the Eminem song Toy Soldiers as an introduction to First World War poet Wilfred Owen’s work…

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