Rapper’s life story proves that we should keep it real

Many people deride the use of ‘relevant’ material in classrooms, but it can get pupils engaged

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We’ve all been there, scrolling on our phones, watching a video or leafing through a book when it hits us: I have to use this with my students. From chemists finding new ways to set things on fire during a YouTube binge, to PE teachers incorporating “marginal gains”, harnessing that spark of inspiration is an absolutely vital part of being an educator.

In the past I’ve had these eureka moments over the film Louder Than a Bomb – about a US high school “poetry slam” competition – a monologue in an episode of Still Game and a Jay Rayner restaurant review. Often these serendipitous finds allow me ...

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