Showcase Student Voice With Lyric Lab

Showcase student voice with lyric lab

Over the summer, I had the honor and privilege to attend Flipgrid’s Student Voice Conference in Minnesota. At the event, I was able to hear the always inspiring Matt Miller speak. This is not the first nor the last time, but every time I watch him present, I leave with inspiration and motivation to do better for my kids and my teachers. During his keynote, he said something that has stuck with me since. We often advocate for student voice, by saying things such as “let’s give our students a voice.” But Matt’s statement rings so true. They already have…

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Using Flocabulary To Support Writing Instruction

Using Flocabulary to support writing instruction

Let’s be real right now, teaching writing instruction can be hard - delivering the “write” instruction to all learners is hard; developing the “write” conferences is hard; finding the “write” assessments is hard! Flocabulary can help support all of your writing instruction needs as a new tool to add to your teaching toolbox! Mixing Flocabulary into your classroom is easy and gives students more control over their own learning while helping you run meaningful writing conferences that meet the needs of every writer. These 4 ideas for using Flocabulary in your writing instruction are great for all writing types and…

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Classroom Design And Student Engagement

Classroom Design and Student Engagement

Engaging learning spaces are as much about physical and interior design as it is instructional: one study found that the physical space of schools can positively (or negatively) affect a student’s academic performance by as much as 25% in one school year. Businesses are moving away from the Office Space days of cubicles and fluorescent lighting, opting instead for couches, standing desks, bean bags and other methods of creating comfortable environments. (In fact, I’m writing this sprawled out on a couch tucked away in a cozy corner of Flocab HQ.)  The same should go for classrooms, and yet it has…

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How To Teach Your Students To Use Flocabulary

How to teach your students to use Flocabulary

Flocabulary is an amazing tool for building community during back to school season, allowing educators to present engaging hip-hop videos to teach academic vocabulary. But don’t hog Flocab for yourself! The new school year is the perfect opportunity to build student choice and voice by helping them learn how to use Flocabulary for student-centered learning. Whether it’s through class discussions in a whole group or having students log in and complete work independently, Flocabulary has hundreds of lessons to keep students engaged, help them connect with characters that represent a diverse student population, and hopefully learn some academic vocabulary along…

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Racial Justice Classroom Resource Guide

Racial Justice Classroom Resource Guide

For teachers and students engaging in antiracist teaching and learning by challenging anti-Black racism At the core of Flocabulary is hip-hop, a cultural movement started by Black and Latinx youth in New York in the early ’70s. It’s important to understand the history of hip-hop and the socio-cultural and economic circumstances from which it emerged when teaching with Flocabulary. Why? We must honor where the music came from, especially in a society that has historically marginalized Black voices. For a primer on the history of hip-hop culture, watch our Hip-Hop Fundamentals video. New to Flocabulary? We recommend that you watch…

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