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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Highlights From Flocabulary At NY EdTech Week 2016

Highlights from Flocabulary at NY EdTech Week 2016

Last week Flocabulary was thrilled to participate in NY EdTech Week, an education innovation festival. The day was filled with all sorts of panel discussions and workshops from ed tech entrepreneurs, including remarks from NYU professor David Kirkland and a memorable story from Flocabulary CEO Alex Rappaport. Of course, we brought some fun to the stage, too, with a live performance of Earth Layers & Plate Tectonics from Ike Ramos. (You might remember Ike from our UN performance in September, too.) Catch all the highlights from this exciting day in our recap vid below!

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Flocab’s Year In Review: A Countdown Of Our Most Popular 2016 Units

Flocab’s Year in Review: A Countdown of Our Most Popular 2016 Units

It's been a busy year here at Flocab HQ. From rap battles at ISTE to launching our Flocabulary MC Educator community program, we've strived to bring you top-notch educational hip-hop, practical instructional tools and features, and of course a whole lotta fun. Y'all know that we're constantly adding new units to Flocabulary's library, with good stuff like videos, Read & Respond passages, Pause & Play discussion prompts and Lyric Lab writing activities.

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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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