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Incorporating Pop Culture References into Your Lessons

It is no secret that students love when teachers incorporate the "kid world" into lesson plans. And when students love the lessons, they are more willing to learn. With this said, it is sometimes hard for teachers to find ways to enter the pop culture world. Who's this Miley they're always talking about? Is Bieber fever a new disease? For the sake of our students, it is important that we to make an effort to keep up with current trends and use it to build a better learning experiences.
A Collection By Meghann Urewicz
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Incorporating Pop Culture References into Your Lessons
  • Meghann Urewicz says:
    This research article talks about the importance of meeting students where they are in order to guide them to where we want them to be. This means starting with what are students know and what interests them. The research shows that students respond positively to the incorporation of popular media into the curriculum. It dramatically increases engagement and student involvement in class discussions.
  • balanceedutainment.com
    balanceedutainment.com

    Pop Culture in the Classroom

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    Meghann Urewicz says:
    This article addresses the reality that children in their developmental stages are very influenced by pop culture. If our students are going to be shaped by what's going on in the pop culture world, we might as well jump on the bandwagon and wrangle its' power for the positive. By relating to students with popular culture, we create deeper connections and and a stronger willingness to learn. The article encourages educators to teach students to approach pop culture with a "critical eye".
  • education.com
    education.com

    Culturally Relevant Pedagogy

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    Meghann Urewicz says:
    This article discusses the importance of incorporating students' backgrounds into the learning process. It is not specific to only pop culture but also to all forms of cultural diversity. As teachers, we need to prepare our students to interact with culturally relevant topics, and to react to people's differences with an open-mind and heart. It seems that the incorporation of pop culture can be a gateway to these deeper topics.
  • Meghann Urewicz says:
    This extensive list will help any disconnected teacher to get back in the loop. This list talks about the current trends, not just celebrity gossip so it is more applicable in the classroom. However, I would definitely recommend going through the list without your students, as some topics are not appropriate for all age levels. You can use things from this list to design a lesson around, or you can just keep in the back of your mind so you are able to better relate to your students.
  • onlineuniversities.com
    onlineuniversities.com

    Cool Teachers' Guide to Pop Culture in the Classroom

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    Meghann Urewicz says:
    This article shares a list of uses for pop culture in the classroom. The list includes creating lessons that are memorable for students, using pop culture as a conversation starter, allowing students to write about whatever interests them, and encouraging students to create their own media. The article also shares some success stories of teachers who have used pop culture to create amazing lessons that their students will remember forever.
  • Meghann Urewicz says:
    This YouTube video is a great example of how some classrooms are using pop culture to keep their students engaged. This talks specifically about using pop culture in History classes but the idea is great and can be a brainstorming start if you teach a different content area.
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