It's perhaps every sixth-grader's dream.
Mr. Mac's math class is not your typical math class.
<p>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. </p><h2>Or maybe it's the fact that his students learn about math by making rap music videos.</h2><p><img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xOTUxNjk5Ni9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzMTgxNTA2NX0.whbSq9G4QSDewWxRc6zQZ0ZyVhOLyoI-3r8reXNQITg/img.gif?width=980" id="23f1b" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="742abb6b56ce96ff8a600864193c00b7" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image"></p><p> <img src="//upw-prod-images.global.ssl.fastly.net/nugget/56455e78de109600300000aa/attachments/07-b49da7f17ba64fc4c020fb419a1ef576.gif"></p><p> 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. </p><p> <b>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. </b></p><p>"Math is everything you do," <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3X1S3T7udY" target="_blank">he says</a> in a fun <a href="http://soulpancake.com/" target="_blank">Soulpancake feature</a>. "From the time you wake up until the time you go to bed." <br></p><p>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. </p><p><strong></strong><strong>So you might as well make it fun.</strong></p><p>"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.</p><p><img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xOTUxNjk5Ny9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxODAwMDYzMH0.iWYBcWE1odXexw_uvHpnQsg7S5CwZzI0yUaygvVDSoU/img.gif?width=980" id="ccc0d" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="bfd4a7833d0588c35795edad44279ddd" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image"></p><h2>Math has historically been seen as something you either fully get, or you don't.</h2><p>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.</p><p><strong>"They like the game called education when you can put some fun into it and put your heart behind your lessons," says Mr. Mac. </strong></p><p><img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xOTUxNjk5OC9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYwNjc3MTA3OX0.MWvvuD9NadfwxaJEMAu_X6ANLkwbXDHe6W0ZCmetYBw/img.gif?width=980" id="e65bf" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="17d897c20fd3d730d7e6aaab814d7a23" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image"></p><h2>What a cool example of a different way to teach, while letting kids be themselves. </h2><p>There's nothing forced about learning when you're having this much fun. Check out Mr. Mac and his sixth-graders in action:</p><span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="edd5f0959acd88a63c0df14a9b563ee4"><iframe type="lazy-iframe" data-runner-src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/b3X1S3T7udY?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span>
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