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Goal: Introduce Pop Culture into the Curriculum

Goal: Introduce Pop Culture into the Curriculum

Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful!

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

Goal: Engage your students with pop culture appropriate for their ages. Teach a lesson with a song or share an example or anecdote from a famous celebrity your students respect. There are several teachers who get students to read, write, and learn their subject matter with pop culture. Check out Amy Burvall’s music videos that teach history with a Lady Gaga flare, teachers who rap to teach math, Fluency MC who helps students learn grammar through rap, Flocabulary, Fresh Education pop songs for writing and literature, or Nuskool’s lesson plans based on pop culture.

Discover more about this goal in my recent interview with Noah Geisel (@SenorG). Click below or listen to the interview here.

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Shelly Terrell is an education consultant, technology trainer, and author. Read more at