Rap music in math class? Mr. Mac has the best ways to get his students excited about math.

Mr. Mac's math class is not your typical math class.

'Sup, Mr. Mac! All GIFS via SoulPancake/YouTube.


Why? It might be the Godzilla figurines, lamp fixtures, superhero posters, or cut-outs of NBA players that cover his classroom walls. Those are fun.

Or maybe it's the fact that his students learn about math by making rap music videos.

That's a line from just one of the songs Mr. Mac's sixth-graders wrote and performed in class. It was a project they were doing to combine art with math. The kids loved it, and so did Mr. Mac.

Robert "Mr. Mac" MacCarthy teaches at Willard Middle School in Berkeley, California, and he approaches math in a way that doesn't make it feel like ... math. Instead, he makes it feel like part of your everyday life.

"Math is everything you do," he says in a fun Soulpancake feature. "From the time you wake up until the time you go to bed."

And when you think about it, he's right. Figuring how to get from point A to point B, calculating costs, cooking meals, and problem-solving throughout your day? That's all math. It really is everywhere.

So you might as well make it fun.

"I try to listen to my students and see what they are into, assimilate to their culture," he says. I'd say he's been pretty successful.

Math has historically been seen as something you either fully get, or you don't.

Traditionally, most folks believed that there was a divide embedded in our brains, which separated art from math and science — but Mr. Mac's class is evidence that it doesn't have to be that way.

"They like the game called education when you can put some fun into it and put your heart behind your lessons," says Mr. Mac.

What a cool example of a different way to teach, while letting kids be themselves.

There's nothing forced about learning when you're having this much fun. Check out Mr. Mac and his sixth-graders in action:

This article originally appeared on 01.09.18


Why should a superintendent get a raise while teachers in the same district struggling to make ends meet see their paychecks flatline — year after year after year?

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave begged the question. Minutes later, she was handcuffed and placed in the backseat of a cop car.

The scene was captured below by YouTube user Chris Rosa, who attended a board meeting for Vermilion Parish Schools in Louisiana.

You can watch Hargrave begin speaking about 33 seconds in. The situation starts becoming contentious around 6:35 minutes. Hargrave is arrested at 8:35, and then walked outside in handcuffs and placed in the back of police vehicle. (Story continues below.)



"We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries that we have," Hargrave, who teaches middle school language arts, said during a public comment portion of the meeting, stating that she's seen classroom sizes balloon during her time at the school with no increased compensation. "We're meeting those goals, while someone in that position of leadership [the superintendent] is getting raise? It's a sad, sad day to be a teacher in Vermilion Parish."

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