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When working with students, we often hear the term “meet them where they are.” Most times, we think of this in terms of their mastery of skills. However, sometimes it can mean engaging them in their own interests. Whether it’s Minecraft, SpongeBob, or Hamilton the Musical, bringing popular culture into the classroom in meaningful ways can engage students and build relationships.
Here is what a Texas’ High School student has to say on the subject:
This week, we discuss the different types of strategies for using popular culture in the classroom to further student engagement.
Prompt: Write a post about using popular culture in the classroom.
Some questions to jumpstart your thinking:
- What kind of popular culture do you bring into the classroom? How do you use it?
- Do you have any comic books or graphic novel favorites that you use for reading and textual analysis? Why do you choose those?
- What are your favorite television shows or movies in your classes? Why do you find these helpful tools?
- Do you have any favorite songs that you bring into your classroom? How have students responded to your music? Why do you bring in these pieces?
I can’t wait to learn from everyone with this topic. Remember to share a link in the comments below.