Day 130 AIM: How can I incorporate Top 40 songs into my lessons?

Do Now: Be creative, but also be subtle. Remember, any fool can lather their students with T-Pain or Lil Wayne lyrics, but that just seems like pandering in the end, and nobody wants that. The trick to any lyricist is to insinuate identity through a weaving of ideas and verse. Joan Baez would have made a bad-ass teacher, and Bob Dylan should teach 1st year teachers the art of persuasion through lyrics. And what would lesson number 1 be? Simple: the lyrics should match the theme of your lesson or message, lest it be obscured by the greater stimuli of the classroom. For example, when you hear students talking about being a few points shy of passing, offer some Rascal Flatts: 

What hurts the most
Was being so close
And having so much to say
And watching you walk away
And never knowing
What could have been
And not seeing that loving you
Is what I was tryin’ to do

If they give you a sour face, it’s because of one of two things: either (1) they don’t recognize the song or (2) they recognize the song, and they’re not impressed. Either way, it couldn’t hurt to add another “Is what I was tryin’ to dooooooo,” just for effect.

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