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HESTEC QUICK HIT: Educators channel their inner rappers at HESTEC

By Jennifer L. Berghom

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 3, 2016 – Teachers from school districts across the Rio Grande Valley sang songs about algebra, played with matches to learn about chemical reactions and explored career options for their students among other activities, during a range of breakout sessions Monday at UTRGV’s Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology Conference Educator Day.

About 30 teachers got to channel their inner performer, during “Singing and Rapping Through Math,” a breakout session led by Charles Zeissel, a math teacher at Santa Rosa High School and 2015 HESTEC Teacher of the Year.

Throughout the 50-minute workshop, Zeissel busted rhymes about integers and sang parodies of nursery rhymes, show tunes and theme songs to TV shows and movies, to illustrate the principles of algebra.

Zeissel said he began rapping as an eighth-grade teacher after attending a workshop where he saw a video of another teacher incorporating rhymes into her lessons. So, when he began teaching high school math, he branched out and began singing parody math songs.

“I like to have fun with this,” he said. “Hopefully, the students also have fun and maybe learn some math along the way.”

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