If one more person tells me that the solution to classroom management problems is to have my kids write a rap or let them analyze Tupac lyrics, I’m going to scream.
If I had a dollar for every time a well-meaning friend told me that, I’d be a BILLIONAIRE.
1. I am a Teach For America teacher and have dreamed about teaching inner-city kids since “Dangerous Minds” came out. Of course I am capable of coming up with engaging and “cool” lessons where kids get to rap.
2. Speaking of which, I’ve seen “Dangerous Minds”.
3. P.S. Believe it or not, not all kids like to rap.
4. Believe it or not, teachers have to teach things other than just rap.
5. Believe it or not, kids don’t suddenly become silent and perfectly behaved just because you told them to rap.
6. The novelty of “Ohhhhh, our teacher is letting us rap for an assignment” wears off with kids in about 2nd grade.
ANYWAY– thanks for the ideas, encouragement, and advice people. BUT yeah, just stick with, “If you can make a difference to just one kid, then it was worth it,” and “Why don’t you see if LeBron James will come be a guest speaker in your classroom?”