Teaching Students About #MeToo

Teaching Students about #MeToo

We know that teaching students about some current events topics can be difficult and even uncomfortable. But we also know that a curriculum grounded in current events gives students a foundation of knowledge to navigate complex issues and become global citizens. That’s why we created the Week in Rap and #FlocabFriday. We want to make it easier for teachers to have vital and challenging conversations about any news story. This is especially important with an issue as sensitive and expansive as #MeToo. #MeToo, as a movement, is about bravery and awareness. But teachers are not immune to the trauma at…

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The Art Of Rhyme Writing

The Art of Rhyme Writing

In order to be a great rapper, you have to have an understanding of how to write rhymes. Mastering rhyme schemes and learning how to utilize slant and near rhymes comes with time and practice, and there are many ways to go about learning the skill. We wanted to explore how different rappers go about writing their rhymes, since the art of rhyming is so crucial to an emcee's style. So we interviewed two of our own Flocab artists, and broke down some bars formulaically.

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What The Research Shows: Student Engagement’s Impact On Lifelong Achievement

What the Research Shows: Student Engagement’s Impact on Lifelong Achievement

Student engagement is something we greatly value at Flocabulary. We know that student engagement can help students better learn and remember in the classroom. But did you know that it can also have a long-lasting influence on students’ educational and occupational achievement in the long run? A study in the BERJ (British Educational Research Journal) showed a connection between engagement in school and overall achievement several years later.

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Learn About Culturally Responsive Teaching From These 19 Educators

Learn About Culturally Responsive Teaching from These 19 Educators

Culturally responsive teaching (sometimes called culturally relevant teaching), or CRT, is a pedagogy and process focused on teaching with a cross-cultural or multicultural framework. Culture influences how we learn, and creating an environment that recognizes the importance each student's culture, embraces new perspectives, encourages acceptance, and empowers student voice gives children ownership of—and a deeper investment in—their learning. Twitter is a great place to start if you're looking to learn more about CRT from other educators. It's a wildly popular platform for teachers, administrators, non-profits and education organizations to communicate, collaborate, learn and grow. Learn more about CRT from these 19 educators and organizations…

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There’s No Such Thing As Being Good Or Bad At Science

There’s No Such Thing As Being Good Or Bad At Science

While I enjoyed studying the different biology courses in high school and college, I would never have admitted to anyone that I was good in science. However, when you’re a poor college graduate looking for a paycheck, and they offer you a science teaching position, you take it or starve! Thus, my first few years of teaching were in math and science. The amazing thing is how I learned to teach it effectively through the lens of a kid who struggled--yes, that kid was me! Do you sometimes feel stuck when teaching science? Can I be of any help? Here…

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