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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.