Making Curriculum Pop

The MC POP Playlist

You have reached the MC POP PLAYLIST.

 


The playlist is a list of teaching "tracks" that have been shared over time at MC POP. These strategies and practices are things that help make your classroom pop like a well crafted symphony, a sublime rock album or an deeply interconnected DJ set. Remember, Making Curriculum Pop isn't just about popular/common cultures in teaching - it is also about making your class hum with excitement by refining the classroom experience you create for students around current best practices.

To read the full story and rationale behind the playlist (and even the old school playbook) click here.

If you just want to read the abridged version and get to the teaching tools, read on...

It is not easy to have a truly engaging teaching playlist. We all have to work to expand our library of interesting tracks. I keep working on cool lessons / structures thirteen years into teaching. I only know this for sure - it takes a lot of rewrites, collaboration, coaching and reading to tear the roof off the classroom!

For that reason, I'll continue to pull resources together here with the caveat that this whole page is a work in progress. For my part I probably have 100 more "tracks" on the 'ol hard drive that I hope to blog about/share in the years to come.

Some of the tracks below are written solo, some with the Mindblue crew, and others have been done with my teaching colleagues - they are usually designed for use at the 6-college level. Generally, elementary educators need to simplify the existing models. You, elementary rockstars, are ALWAYS welcome to share your remixes of these plays here on MC POP. Additionally, I when MC POPPERS add strategies across the Ning, I will add them to the list below as I have done with Bill Zimmerman's and Makek Bennett's post/projects below.

I can't wait to read things other people share!

Because of the odd, somewhat public domain, way teaching practices are transmitted from classroom to classroom, I decided to divide the playbook into categories that acknowledge the challenge of attribution. To keep things rock and roll I've broken the playbook into originals, remixes and covers.

FROM THE MC POP/MINDBLUE TEAM

ORIGINALS
What follows are, as far as I know, fairly original articulations of practice. Many times elements of existing practices are incorporated or refined but on the whole what we've articulated here is a fresh MC Pop/Mindblue formulation.
PLAYLIST: How To Make Curriculum Pop - A Philosophy
Why Educators Should Work Across Disciplines - ARTICLE PDF
DEVELOPING MINDFUL PRACTICE AROUND MOVING IMAGES IN THE K-12 CLASSROOM
PLAYLIST: CONNECT THE MINDS (CTM) ACTIVITY + ARTICLE PDF!!!
PLAYLIST: CONNECT THE MINDS (CTM) QUIZ - PDFs for College, HS, MS, and a try at Elementary
DID YOU READ QUIZ?" - CARTOON EDITION
ANNOTATION & READING WITH YOUR PEN PDF & JOURNAL ARTICLE
PLAYLIST: Decoding Symbolic Language Part 1
PLAYLIST: Decoding Symbolic Language Part 2 - 9 PDF PAGES OF FUN!
PLAYLIST: Text Reflection/Journal LEO©
PLAYLIST: TEXT REFLECTION FUN LEO©
PLAYLIST: Peer Feedback Fun LEO©
PLAYLIST: 'MORE' SHORT FILM LEO© for Science, Music, Art, ESL, Language Arts & Social Studies
PLAYLIST: Reading Reflections + Mathematical Expression Fun LEO© - K-College PDFs
PLAYLIST: Tech Tips For Teachers: Free, Easy and Useful Creation Tools (at the New York Times Learning Network)
PLAYLIST: BETA MEDIA CIRCLES PART I
PLAYLIST: THREE 4 THINKING
PLAYLIST: YEAR VIEW MIRROR

REMIXES
This is where some of the Mindblue crew and/or my teaching colleagues have taken existing work and significantly remixed, rewritten, added to or reorganized it to "add value." These usually represent our unique take on an existing practice and generally have known sources that are attributed.
COOPERATIVE LEARNING I - LIT CIRCLE PT I
COOPERATIVE LEARNING I - LIT CIRCLE PT II
MI/DIFFERENTIATION CHECKLIST
PLAYLIST: Beyond Pair Sharing - Quadrant Partners

COVERS
These are situations where we have read about a practice, copied it almost verbatim but spruced up with fresh fonts, slight alterations or additions. They are always attributed to the direct source and should be shared with as many people as you can find - they are awesome ideas.
DISCUSSION MOVES


FROM CONTRIBUTING MC POPPERS

ORIGINALS
COMIC AUTOBIOGRAPHIES WITH MAKEBELIEFSCOMIX - by Bill Zimmerman
SPOTLIGHT: INTERNATIONAL COMICS EXCHANGE EXCITEMENT! by Marek Bennett
101 Ways to Use Tagxedo by Hardy Leung

REMIXES

COVERS

All these blogs and their accompanying PDFs are not for sale and are, of course, posted here for educational use only. If you noticed a strategy out there on the MC POP Ning that I haven't added, please do drop a line and I'll add it to the playlist.

Good Vibes and Happy DJing!

RRG:)

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