“I have students who I couldn’t even hear while speaking right in front of my face,” Eric says. “Now, I actually have to tell students to stop making videos at 11 o’clock at night and to go to bed! They’re going to get me in trouble! But Flipgrid has become their platform, and it’s really brought about a different way to help my students succeed.”
It’s also been a chance for him to build rapport with each of them.
“There are so many ways that Flipgrid can help out our students,” Eric says. “But my inbox has really allowed me to get to know them better.”
At the beginning of each school year, Eric creates an “Inbox” topic within his Grid where students can send him private video messages. He not only encourages kids to share positive updates or learning habits with him but to also ask big questions or open up about problems.
“Maybe someone’s bullying them and they’re afraid to tell me in front of class, or maybe they’re having trouble at home or at school,” Eric says. “Or maybe they hop on to tell me they scored the winning goal that weekend.
“Either way, next time I see them in school, we can build on that conversation together. I just want them to know that, even when they’re not at school, they still have a safe place to share anything with me.”
He encourages other teachers to try out something new with his students, too.
“I love showing teachers how to use Flipgrid because once I show them, they go on to show a ton of students how to use it, too!” Eric says. “It’s been such a great tool that has really changed my perspective in teaching.
“If other teachers really dive in and use Flipgrid to build those relationships with their students, those students will shine for you. They always do.”