Teacher Review for Flocabulary: The Week in Rap

Loved this, until...

Gina G.
Classroom teacher
Los Cuates Middle School
Los Fresnos, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, English-Language Learning
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It No
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use flocabulary, in its entirety, a variety of ways to support different needs and provide multiple opportunities for learning content. Each week we watch the Week in Rap several times to build a dialogue and practice questioning and making connections through journal writing. I use the individual subject areas to make connections to literature and writing as a form of art. I start out with whole group activities and a class discussion. Then I assign independent activities either printed out or through online student access. Students can revisit videos and vocabulary cards as needed.
My Take
I have loved using this tool almost daily for a couple of years now. We recently began a new school year and noticed some changes to the Week in Rap format. As an adult, it suits me just fine. However, there is a lack of interest on behalf of the students with the lengthy amount of talking before the actual rapping section. The information provided at the beginning of the video takes too long to keep the students engaged. This appears to be the first year flocabulary takes a full summer break. I teach a summer program that Week in Rap was not available for. Also, there hasn't been a read and respond activity available for the Week in Rap the last two weeks. I'm not sure if this is due to the school year being so fresh or the nearpod purchase influence. In years past, I was excited when flocabulary made summer upgrades and changes. This year, not so impressed.