Solving Your Top Ten Teacher Troubles

The following is a guest post written by Melissa White and Lacey Snyder, an instructional coach and a teacher librarian passionate about approaching their jobs in a positive way. Melissa and Lacey are the creators of Lets Talk About Teaching, a video newsletter highlighting teaching and learning with the goal of encouraging teachers to try #OneSmallThing in their classroom. Catch up on all their YouTube videos and be sure to follow them on Twitter.

We often come across teachers who want to try something new, but….there is always this hesitation to give precious time to something that might not work or be worth the time it is given. When we saw Flipgrid, not only did we instantly see how powerful it would be for students, but we saw the huge advantages for teachers, too! Flipgrid is one of those rare tools that applies to students of all ages and teachers of all areas. Flipgrid is simple to navigate, and its potential for impact on teaching and learning is strong and wide. We loved it so much that we made a video to share with teachers. You can watch it here!

Do you have the kind of teacher troubles that pop up day after day? The questions that linger without a solution? That is why we are here with 10 ways Flipgrid can solve them! 

Teacher Trouble #1: Did the students get it or not? I think they got it? Or most of them seemed to? Or did they not get it at all!?
FlipGrid Solution: Flipgrid gives teachers an easy way to get individual feedback from their students. It makes for an easy formative assessment. Student voice, straight to you!

Teacher Trouble #2: How can I reach the quiet kids who aren’t comfortable answering in front of a large group? I want to know what they are thinking, but I hate to put them on the spot!
Flipgrid Solution: THIS is what makes Flipgrid so powerful for students. All students have a voice and a space for that voice. They can re-record if they need and have time to prepare and think. They can even record as a group.

Teacher Trouble #3: How am I supposed to integrate technology and teach students to use it if I’m not good with technology? 
Flipgrid Solution: The intuitive nature of the site makes it easy for even the smallest of hands or the most worried about technology to navigate. 

Teacher Trouble #4: How can I use technology if I only have one device?
Flipgrid Solution: You just need one device! Have students rotate using your device(s). Or, the first time you use it, call students up one-by-one and project your device. Kids love to hear each other’s answers!

Teacher Trouble #5: How can I find the time to communicate and share with parents? 
Flipgrid Solution: Flipgrid makes it easy to share individual responses or a whole grid with parents. Teachers in our building had students record a special message for parents that they played to start parent-teacher conferences.

Teacher Trouble #6: I work with busy adults- how can I have get through my content, get teacher feedback and answer their questions in my limited time?
Flipgrid Solution: Flipgrid is a great way for teacher leaders to get feedback from adults after a Professional Development session. We used Flipgrid after a Science PD and were able to then reply back to teachers to answer their questions. 

Teacher Trouble #7: How do I find the time to do all of my writing and reading conferences?
Flipgrid Solution: Have students read into the grid for fluency or accuracy. Have them read their favorite part of their writing, or a part that they are struggling with so you can give them feedback that they can then watch and listen to! 

Teacher Trouble #8: How can I encourage my students to explain their thinking and ideas and then find a way to meet with each student or group?
Flipgrid Solution: With Flipgrid, students can explain their thinking or ideas for teachers, who can then listen and respond at a later time. We used this during Genius Hour for one class, and it gave students an opportunity to explain their plan and also gave the teacher an opportunity to touch base with each group.

Teacher Trouble #9: How can I help my students share their ideas with other students or audiences?
Flipgrid Solution: Let kids watch each other’s grids! Have a grid for book recommendations, author’s chair, or how-to explanations. Kids love seeing themselves on the big screen, so try putting their grid up on the projector and let your class view their grid.

Teacher Trouble #10: How do I decide what to try when there is so much out there, I don’t know where or how to start?
Flipgrid Solution: Start here. Flipgrid has a team of supporters who are ready to help and champion teachers who are trying this one small thing called Flipgrid. And if you tweet at them, you'll definitely get a response!

We believe in Flipgrid and its potential. It is hands down the best tool we have come across for teachers who wants to raise student voice and improve instruction. After introducing Flipgrid to our staff, the use and sharing of ideas spread quickly and excitedly throughout our building and district. The support and cheers teachers receive from the Flipgrid team are one of the many reasons to give it a try and solve some of those teacher troubles!