Power In Poems: Engaging Students With Poetry Instruction

Power in Poems: Engaging students with poetry instruction

For April’s #FlocabChat, we talked about how poetry  can help students hone a variety of skills, such as analytical thinking, artistic expression, creative writing and public speaking. There are so many ways that poetry can be used in the classroom, and more than that, there are many mediums (like hip-hop) whose texts can be read and analyzed as poetry.  Flocabulary offers several lessons about poetry, but as many educators in our community point out, Flocabulary's content is poetry. To delve into why, see some of the chat's highlights below. The chat was led by Platinum MCEducator Megan Forbes, or as…

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Q&A With Jaden, Our Black History Rap Contest Winner

Q&A with Jaden, Our Black History Rap Contest Winner

We are thrilled to announce that we've selected our winner of the Black History Rap Contest: Jaden. Jaden J. is a gifted poet, and with over 1,000 submissions, his immediately stood out for its emotional power and imagery even in its opening line and impressing us with his lyricism all the way through. Jaden seamlessly wove together John Lewis's biography, the broader historical context, connections to today and the impact he has had on him personally. In his video, it's also clear that Jaden is a talented performer. We can't wait to meet him in person when he records his song with…

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Meet Our MCE Of The Month: Suzanna Garcia

Meet Our MCE of the Month: Suzanna Garcia

Suzanna: I’m a graduate of the University of St. Thomas, I did my undergrad in Industrial/Organization Psychology and my Masters in Curriculum & Instruction. This year is my first year as a Lead Trainer of our new Digital Learning Specialists team. When I was in the classroom I taught 5th & 6th grade Social Studies to Bilingual and Special Education students. It’s what pushed me to find creative tools to reach my students where they were and I realized that technology was that tool!

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Meet Our MCE Of The Month: Amy Storer

Meet Our MCE of the Month: Amy Storer

Amy: I am a graduate of Lamar University with a Master's in Educational Technology Leadership. I truly love being an instructional coach for Montgomery ISD. This year is my third year as a campus coach, and I am so happy to be at our newest elementary school, Keenan Elementary. I have taught grades 1-4, and I am also the lead technology integration mentor for my district. I hold two Teacher of the Year distinctions and, in 2015, I was a top four finalist in HEB's Excellence in Education in the "Leadership Elementary" category. I am an educator that encourages and motivates…

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