Waking Up From Winter Break: How These Educators Engage Students After The Holidays

Waking Up From Winter Break: How These Educators Engage Students After the Holidays

From all of us at Flocabulary, Happy 2016! We’re pumped for another year of working with awesome educators to inspire students. But whether you’re in a Brooklyn office or the back of an ELA classroom, getting into the swing of things after the holidays can be tricky!

We chatted with some educators in the Flocabulary community about the best way to re-engage students after winter break, and a clear theme emerged: culture-building. Here are four ways to create a strong, positive culture in your classroom after break, inspired by these educators.

engaging students after the holidays

Aim to inspire

Who doesn’t love a little feel-good inspiration as we aspire to accomplish new goals in the year ahead? Here’s how Andrea Runnels, fifth grade teacher at Kanoheda Elementary in Georgia, planned to pump up students for 2016: “I love using Kid President as a positive role model for my students. I plan to show his ‘Guide to Being Awesome’ video. Then we will make a plan to be awesome! I have picked a single word –‘One Little Word’– to focus on as my theme for this year, and I’m going to have my students do the same. They’ll create a bulletin board for this word instead of the traditional resolutions. This way, I can refer to each child’s word to redirect and guide their learning and character development for the rest of the year. I love Flocabulary’s Goal Setting video and plan to show that, too, and have my students write about a specific academic goal for the rest of the year.”

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9 Alternative Ed Tech Funding Resources For Your Classroom

9 Alternative ed tech funding resources for your classroom

Flocabulary understands the budgetary constraints many US schools face. As the need for supplemental ed tech resources increases, these financial limitations have proven to be more than a mere inconvenience. These powerful tools that boost student engagement and achievement should not be considered luxuries, but necessities that are accessible to all academic institutions, no matter their budgetary circumstance.

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Computer Science Education Week With Flocabulary!

Computer Science Education Week with Flocabulary!

Computer Science Education Week is an annual event that aims to excite students around the world about computer science with the chance to participate in an Hour of Code. Give every student the opportunity to learn about computer science with rap-infused lessons. Use these lessons to spark curiosity, build foundational skills and introduce coding and computer science. Coding This lesson reviews  the top 10 reasons to code  while providing an introduction to computer programming. In the video, students will learn about the different types of work computer programmers do and some of the perks of a career in coding. Explore lesson Coding: Algorithms Algorithms…

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Banned Books Week: What’s The Hype?

Banned books week: what’s the hype?

Flocab LOVES librarians! I mean, we even have a whole rap about it. And this is a special week for our favorite book-loving friends. Between September 27th and October 3rd, bookworms all over the country celebrate Banned Books Week!  So why are librarians putting on their party hats for a bunch of banned and challenged books?  According to the American Library Association, Banned Books Week is a celebration of the freedom to read. The week brings the topic of censorship into focus, and celebrates that despite some texts being banned, most books have remained available, allowing continued access to information,…

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