Boosting Vocabulary Acquisition With Flocabulary: A Teacher’s Success Story

Boosting Vocabulary Acquisition with Flocabulary: A Teacher’s Success Story

Two years ago, Polly Westfall, an educator in North Carolina, was accepted in the North Carolina's Governor's Teacher Network. As part of this initiative, Polly was charged with completing action research in her classroom. The topic she chose? Vocabulary acquisition for children of poverty. At the time, Polly had recently relocated to a new school district, and was moved by the ways that poverty impacted her students. With a background as a writing coach, she wanted to find ways to motivate her students and boost their vocabulary, knowing that it would improve their writing. She decided to try out Flocabulary…

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Writing Rhymes To Transform Student Engagement In The Middle School Classroom: Part 1

Writing Rhymes to Transform Student Engagement in the Middle School Classroom: Part 1

For a teacher, sometimes educating students is a process of letting go. As educators, we spend so much time keeping a firm grip on a student’s path to learning. Working for the past few years with a student base that is 99.6% “economically disadvantaged” and difficult to captivate can, and often does, leave me exhausted at the end of each day. A rigid structure in the classroom worked for me for a time; on paper, my students improved. Test scores were up and I was confident that this made me a successful teacher. But I had lost something important with…

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Training Teachers On Flocabulary & Academic Rhyme Writing: Insights From Montgomery ISD

Training Teachers on Flocabulary & Academic Rhyme Writing: Insights from Montgomery ISD

Recently in Montgomery ISD, grades K-5 instructional coaches were given the task of training all teachers on how to use Flocabulary. The coaching team met to decide what approach to take with our teachers, since Flocabulary had been purchased and used by them the previous year. It soon became clear that although some of the coaches had used Flocabulary before, no one in the group had received any formal training on the program. We decided that we would first need a webinar training from Flocabulary in order to do justice to the program. We were spot on with that decision—it was…

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Flocabulary Implementation Strategies In The ELL Classroom: Q&A With Teacher Pamela Ferrill

Flocabulary Implementation Strategies in the ELL Classroom: Q&A with teacher Pamela Ferrill

Last year Julia, one of our awesome Customer Success Managers here at Flocab HQ, heard an impressive story from Pamela Ferrill, a 5th grade ESL teacher in Madison, WI—namely, how Flocabulary was central in helping her students hit their language acquisition targets. Julia sat down with Pamela to learn more about her robust integration of Flocabulary tools with her own ESL instructional techniques, and the impact she saw as a result. We want to share her strategies with you, too; here's what we learned:

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