Have you ever tried to hold a high-school student’s attention for five minutes? How about a whole classroom full of them? It’s not easy to get teenagers excited about learning, but Inglewood, CA teacher Ira Harden found a way: rap.
Mr. Harden’s stoichiometry rap was the cap to a week full of creative presentations on the subject by his pupils. Students presented songs, skits, dances, speeches, music videos, and even video game programming to help learn the ins and outs of stoichiometry.
Though this type of learning may not be common in every school, Harden tells TakePart, “Fortunately, I teach in an environment [City Honors College Preparatory Charter School] in which the administrators extend an incredible amount of liberty to creative assignments.”
Rapping isn’t the only thing that makes Mr. Harden a cool teacher: he is one of only 26 educators this year selected to fly on NASA's SOFIA Airborne Observatory.
What is the most creative way a teacher has ever helped you learn something?
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