In today’s episode, I'm going to be interviewing one of my favorite YouTubers, CJ Reynolds, or many of you may know him from YouTube as a Real Rap with Reynolds. And he is currently in the classroom, which is why I love this episode.
So many of you have asked us, can you please interview teachers that are still in the classroom? And I know exactly what you mean! When I was first starting my journey, I wanted to hear from other teachers that were working 40 hours a week, they were in the trenches with me and they were still building that side hustle. So that's what you're going to learn all about in today's show.
CJ Reynolds teaches high school literature and the history of hip hop in West Philadelphia. He is the author of Teach Your Class Off: The Real Rap Guide to Teaching. CJ is also the creator of a YouTube channel, Real Rap with Reynolds.
Reynolds' book and YouTube channel aimed at giving viewers an authentic glimpse into what it looks like to teach high school in the inner city while at the same time helping new and veteran teachers be the teacher they always wanted to be as an educator. CJ's bare bones teaching philosophy is simple in the classroom: relationships are king and the job of a teacher is always only ever about the students.
In this episode, you will learn:
- What teaching in his classroom looks like
- Why CJ started his YouTube channel and why he thinks you should too
- His thoughts behind creating a community
- How he got his parents on board with his YouTube channel
- Why he believes some teachers are leaving the profession
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