Starting at the Beginning: Revisiting our First Post

At the intersection, Pop Goes the Classroom is on the edge where traditional education meets the digital native learner. We empower teachers to become facilitators by embracing the tools of tomorrow ultimately creating meaningful learning experiences for a new generation. Huh? Pretty lofty stuff but what does it mean? Well it comes down to a pretty simple question, “Is your goal to teach or is your goal for your students to learn?” because the two goals aren’t always the same.  We believe knowledge is constructed by the learner not taught by the teacher.  We believe that to be a good educator you must be a facilitator not a teacher. And because knowledge is built and not taught we believe it’s important to begin in a place learners are comfortable. For tweens and teens that place is popular culture. So we give you the knowledge and skills to move away from teaching toward facilitating and we help you use what the kids know and are interested in engage them in building the knowledge they need to have. The technical term is scaffolding. We use a learner’s strength to build on as we address an area for growth.

Sounds good but,” how on earth do I use what these kids are watching on tv, reading about and listening to in the classroom . I have these kids for 6 hours a day or 40 minutes a day or“…well you get the idea. “I’ve got a scope and sequence I already don’t have time to complete in the year and you want me to add more?” No, we don’t want you to add more. We want to help you apply that scope and sequence to something that is of interest to the kids so you can speed up the lessons and maybe actually get through the whole thing by the end of the year.

It’s going to take some work on your part, but once you’ve mastered the techniques we’re talking about it’ll be second nature to you. Welcome to the convergence. It’s the Infinite Spectrum Productions tag line. We’ll use techniques that go all the way back to John Dewey for you educational history buffs and we’ll show you how to use them in today’s classroom. And best of all we’re going to show you how to do it with Pop Culture. It can’t get much cooler than that!

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