There are many arguments for why popular culture should be integrated into classroom practise. Hunt and Hunt (2004) argue that using popular culture provides a bridge for learning, and that by showing interest in the students’ worlds, teachers can build a respectful relationship with their students, and in turn, students are more willing to share in the teachers’ worlds. Hall (2012, p.304) supports this idea, stating that
“Thoughtfully incorporating pop culture texts into the curriculum offers promising possibilities for engaging youths and helping them find relevance in academic texts.”
Given this evidence, many teachers would agree that incorporating popular culture into their teaching would be a valuable exercise – but how do we go about it?
There are many answers to this question, but one of the most interesting ways I have come across recently is the concept of ‘pop-culture points’. The following video, created by a former 7th grade history teacher, explains an interesting and engaging way to use pop-culture to help students ‘tune in’ to history lessons.
While the video focuses on the subject of history, I think this concept could be applied to a multitude of learning areas.
What are your thoughts?
What do you think of this idea? Is it something you would consider using in your own classroom? Were there any pop culture influences that helped you to learn about the world as a child?
Hall, L. (2011). How popular culture texts inform and shape students' discussions of social studies texts. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy 55(4), 296-305. doi: 10.1002/JAAL.00036 Hunt, T., & Hunt, B. (2004) Popular Culture: Building Connections with Our Students. English Journal, 93(3), 80-83. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org.ezp01.library.qut.edu.au/stable/4128814