Tag Archives: rap

#HipHopEd Has Its Eyes On You: Why Lin-Manuel Doesn’t Get a Pass for This SNL Sketch

How could you do us like that? This was my first thought after watching the Saturday Night Live sketch in which Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda plays a substitute teacher who tries to impress his students via hip hop. By “us” I mean teachers who are part of the #HipHopEd movement, a collective of educators who think deeply about ways to […]

Never-Before-Seen Footage of Kendrick Lamar Speaking w/ Students in my Classroom

In honor of Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy awards and performance last night, I decided to release some never-before-seen footage of Kendrick speaking with students in my classroom. Highlights include Kendrick talking about his first grade teacher encouraging him to be a writer after hearing him use the word “audacity” correctly in a sentence. He also tells […]

Educators: I’m teaching a workshop on #HipHopEd @ NYC location on 8/6

What you will learn: This will be a workshop and discussion that demonstrates some of the best practices in hip-hop and spoken word education. This might involve warm-up games from Theatre of the Oppressed, mini-lessons, studying of student artifacts, close-reading exercises with hip-hop lyrics, and creative writing prompts. Where: Spreadhouse Coffee 116 Suffolk St. (between Rivington and Delancey) New York, […]

We Gon’ Be Alright: A reflection on Kendrick Lamar’s visit

“Something for me even bigger than mentoring is really listening…When I do that we have a little bit bigger [of a] connection than me being Kendrick Lamar and you being the student. It’s almost like we’re friends because a friend listens.” – Kendrick Lamar at High Tech High School Reflecting on Kendrick Lamar’s visit to […]