Ring in the New Year with Best Practices

The following post is written by Flipgrid Head of Educator Innovation Jornea Armant Erwin. In this series Jornea will share a unique #GridTip to help you make the most of your Flipgrid subscription!

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The turning of the calendar presents itself as an opportunity to reflect and plan for success in the upcoming semester.  For us as educators, the midpoint of the school year is a great time to review the goals we set forth at the beginning of the fall semester and make a plan to FINISH STRONG!  We need to keep in mind how our students think, how to help foster a growth-mindset, what motivates our students, how to assess progress, and the social experiences our students bring to the classroom.  Here are five aspects of the work we do with Savvy Grid Tips that will TRANSFORM our BEST PRACTICES and allow us to FINISH STRONG. I've included a Discovery Library topic for each that you can pull into your own grid!

Classroom Management
Classroom Expectations Grid:   Revisit classroom expectations you and your students set forth at the beginning of the school year.  Students can reflect on how well they met expectations and what they can do in 2018 to exceed those expectations.  It’s a great practice for us as teachers to also add to a topic explaining how we will support students in meeting these expectations.  As positive reinforcement and motivation, students and teachers can reply to the student response when they witness the expectation in action by the student.  

#DiscoveryLibrary - Classroom Expectations Topic

Teaching & Learning:
Growth Mindset Grid:  It is important students know that learning is a process and we learn from failure.  So instead of seeing challenging experiences as a roadblock, see them as opportunities for learning.  Set up a topic for students to share and reflect on their experiences that were challenging and the steps taken to become victorious.  This can also be a space where students share what they are struggling with and generate support from teachers and students to help them on their journey.

#DiscoveryLibrary - I Have a Growth Mindset Topic

Motivation:
#MotivationMonday Grid:  It is the ultimate goal for learning to be an intrinsic reward. Start each week with a topic including an inspirational quote or video.  Have students think about the message they want to take back and apply to their week.  When the practice is in action, the students can also reply back to their original response sharing how they put it in action - maybe on #FlashbackFriday.  

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Social Learning:
Learn with Me Grid:  Our students bring a rich knowledge and diverse experiences to the classroom.  Using the Ideas space within your grid (it's the lightning bolt topic at the top of the list), have students share their culture, hobbies, interests, or family traditions.  Throughout the remainder of the year, Spark the ideas as topics and connect your curriculum to students' cultural backgrounds or hobbies or use opportunities to connect and learn from families.

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Assessing as Learning:
Formative Learning Grid:  Formative assessment allows us to guide instruction and meet students’ needs which increases learning.  Create a grid for the major concepts in your curriculum.  In the topics clearly communicate the purpose and learning targets of each lesson.  During the learning experiences capture video, photos of student learning in action or have students reflect on their learning.  This provides evidence of student learning and allows students to track progress of learning goals.

#DiscoveryLibrary - Formative Learning

Go forth and prepare to #FinishStrong by transforming best practices and spreading a little #FlipgridFever 🔥🔥🔥

See you on the grid! 🚀