A Field Guide to Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
“If a child cannot learn in the way we teach, we must teach in a way the child can learn.” - Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas
The Fresh Ed Field Guide is a standards-based curriculum that acknowledges and capitalizes on young peoples’ love of music by reframing the way content is presented. In other words, Fresh Ed uses Hip Hop Music and youth culture to make ELA and social studies content accessible to middle school students who otherwise might find it foreign or irrelevant. Its culturally responsive design is specifically informed by the ideas presented in “A Framework for Culturally Responsive Teaching” (Raymond J. Wlodkowski and Margery B. Ginsberg).
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INSIDE THE CURRICULUM
Social Emotional Learning
Process Drama Activities
English Language Arts
Hook (introduction) activities are short exercises designed to actively engage and inspire interest in the lesson’s academic content.
Chorus (application) activities are designed to deepen understanding of the academic content explored in the lesson.
Bridge (reflection) activities are designed to assess student comprehension of academic content.
“We spend the rst year of a child’s life teaching it to walk and talk and the rest of its life to shut up and sit down. There’s something wrong there.”
- Neil deGrasse Tyson4>
A new way to teach and learn.
Students listen to, read, and memorize the keywords in the music, which helps with the retention of themes and ideas. The music is written, recorded, and engineered by teaching artists that work in the program and teach in classrooms around the city. The goal is to acknowledge youth culture and use elements of that culture, when creating the original hip hop Music. The sounds of Fresh Ed are the sounds that students enjoy, while engaging them in academic learning.
Visualizing academic content.
Animations by Crisp Motion.