This is a great representation of the kind of teachers that we have in the Tri-State. Corbe Ashby teaches freshman Biology at Castle High School in Newburgh, Indiana. He has been a long time friend of mine, so I knew that he was creative, but I guess that I underestimated his creativity.

Recently, he was teaching a lesson on photosynthesis, and wanted to find a fun way for the students to be engaged and retain the information. So what did Mr. Ashby do? He thought the lesson with a rap! This video has been circulating social media for a few days now, and I knew I had to share it with you.

When I asked him what made him come up with a rap, of all things, to teach the lesson, here is what Mr. Ashby had to say:

I wrote it because we were learning about photosynthesis and I had them all write poems, songs, skits, journals, or raps about it. I told them if they were willing to do it I would write one and rap it for them. I never want them to think I'm giving them busy work or anything that isn't meaningful to their education. If they have to do it, I'm right there with them. If it helps them learn I'm game for some rap.

It's good to see educators in the Tri-State doing things like this to engage their students. I know that I am not the only one who thinks this, because within the first day of posting the video to social media, he got one thousand views! If you want to see what all of the hype is about, check out the video for yourself:

Corbe has always had the gift of music, as he and I sang at a talent show in 5th grade together. I am very proud of all of his accomplishments and wish him nothing but continued success!


We can rap too, ya know!