Hip-Hop Maths: Challenging Traditional Teaching
Kurt Minaar, a 33-year-old math teacher at Cape Town’s Eben Dönges High School uses hip hop beats and rhymes to make math lessons more enjoyable for his students.
Singing or listening to music during math class is usually frowned upon, but not in Kurt Minaar’s classroom. The former choreographer and hip-hop artist is using his musical background to make the process of learning math a lot easier and less boring for his students. Minnaar says he’s basically taking the traditional math curriculum and fusing it with what kids love to make it easier to learn and remember.
“The traditional way of teaching only serves the read-write learner, or the independent learner,” says Kurt Minnaar. “There are Grade 8 learners in my class that don’t even know Grade 4 work. Through my raps I have created a teaching method that caters for the creative, hyper or dyslexic learner.”
With the help of some friends, Minaar created 60-second math tracks with names like “Cre-eight”, “Trick-onometry” and “Van Guard” where he raps off multiplication tables to hip hop beats. He then has his students rap along to the music pumping out of his laptop. He also encourages dancing during class, as it helps the children get into the mood and learn the multiplications easier.
So far, Kurt has only created musical material for multiplication tables, but the results have been so positive that he is now working on new learning materials and lesson plans. “I have seen some good results in my classes, but to see an even greater result I need to create more learning material and lesson plans. I have so many other ideas that I still want to implement, but it’s all going to take some time,” he says.
Ever since Minaar brought hip-hop music into the classroom, he has had less disruptions during class, attendance is constantly at 100% and the students grades have gone up considerably. Plus, the kids genuinely love learning math now. Kurt Minaar wants to challenge the traditional way of teaching, but he’s not saying that it doesn’t work, it just doesn’t work for everybody, because not all students learn the same way. His initiative merely aims to show that we need to keep an open mind when it comes to children’s education.
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