We know that one of the hardest aspects of being a teacher is building out lesson plans that are not only providing your students with valuable information, but that also actively engages them in their learning and development. Find Your Grind wants to make it easy for you to create an environment that is fun for both you and your students by using the most innovative resources available. It’s a crazy world out there and it changes every day. It is our mission to make sure you have the resources to change with it because your students today are the change-makers of tomorrow. Oh, and we love teachers.
The FYG curriculum is designed to engage students by offering a refreshing and interactive and efficient way for students to learn about themselves. By combining modern technology, engaging activities, and open discussions with peers, your students will find themselves thinking beyond the traditional “go to school, and get a job” mindset.
No sweat - This curriculum is designed as a tool for exploration and self discovery for all ages. The activities included in each lesson are recommended for either Level 1 (Grades 6-9), Level 2 (Grade 9-12), or both. That being said, as an educator you know the capabilities of your students and have the freedom to decide what content you’ll include in your Find Your Grind curriculum.
The online version of assignments offers a fun, modern, and interactive way for students to accomplish assignments without it feeling like “just another handout”. It also allows teachers to collect the assignments and information on an easier, less time-consuming medium than the traditional format. In addition, the students will be building upon their portfolio that will summarize their journey through these activities and can look back on them in future years to see their growth. Printable versions are included in order to ensure the curriculum is available for all students to embark on this journey of self-discovery; however, if you feel like saving the trees, the online version will allow your students to take full advantage of our Find Your Grind curriculum and its innovative features.
FYG recommends the stages be completed in order as it is a progressive experience for a student’s self discovery. The stages are designed to build upon themselves as students progress through the curriculum.
The levels are meant to differentiate activities between the age groups in order to provide flexibility for teachers. Level 1 activities are intended for grades 6-9, and Level 2 activities are intended for grades 9-12. However, we know that the teachers know their students best so the choice is ultimately left up to the teacher
Removing or adding a student is accomplished via your ‘My Class’ tab. You can add a student into your classroom by clicking the icon of the person with a plus sign. This will open a small window that will ask you to input the student’s name and email address. If the student already has an account with Find Your Grind, they will be notified that they have been added into a new classroom. In contrast, if they do not have an account already, they will receive a confirmation email that will prompt them to create an account to access their student dashboard. To remove a student, click on the three dots to the right of the student’s name. This will open up a small bubble with the option to ‘Remove’ the student at the top.
Through the Teacher Dashboard, you are able to seamlessly send assignments directly to your students, which will appear on their Student Profile, and even set the date that each will be due. An option to ‘Assign to Students’ exists within every activity, along with an attached assignment that you can look at before sending by hitting the ‘Preview’ button. One click and you can send the assignment to your students with a customized date and even attached notes to provide additional information if needed. All sent assignments will be available to students in their ‘My Assignments’ tab, making it easy for them to stay organized and up to date.
To review the assignments you have sent to your students, go to the ‘Assignments’ tab on the left side of your dashboard. Within the ‘Assignments’ page, you will find a list of the assignments you have sent organized by stage. By clicking on the individual assignment blocks, the block will expand to provide you with your class list, as well as the assignment status of each student listed to the far right of their name. This allows you to see who has submitted their assignment for review, who has not submitted, which students had their assignments sent back for revisions, and which students are entirely complete. Keeping track of your students’ learning has never been easier.
In order to help guide your students through this journey of self-discovery, it is important to be able to keep track of their progress and identify areas where they might be struggling. By going to your ‘My Class’ tab, you are able to see each student in your class and an overview of their progress through the curriculum using the progress bar next to their name. By clicking into the student’s profile using the three dots to the right of the student’s name, you can then click into the student’s ‘Profile.’ Here you will see a list of their assignments with a status for each. This is a useful tool that will help you easily identify what assignments or topics your students might be struggling with or need more clarification on.
Marking a lesson as complete is as easy as checking off a circle located to the right of the activity block.
The status next to your student’s assignment serves as an indicator for where they are with that particular assignment. If the student has successfully completed the assignment and you have marked them as complete, their status will be changed to ‘Complete’ in green with a check mark. If you have sent the assignment back to the student for revisions, this will be indicated in yellow writing and with a yellow circle. A green circle and ‘Ready to Review’ will identify if an assignment is ready for you to look over for completion. Finally, if a student has not yet submitted their assignment, their status will show ‘Not Submitted’ in red with a red circle icon. This process makes it easy to keep track of your students’ submissions, while also allowing you to provide them with instant feedback to enhance their work.
FlipGrid is an amazing tool to help you enhance the student voice in your classrooms. As a teacher, you can post prompts with accompanying video, images, gifs, etc. to start a discussion with your students, who will then use their FlipGrid account to record a video of their responses and share with the class. Your students can also record replies to other students’ responses, creating a dynamic class discussion that exists online! In addition, you can provide links through FlipGrid to additional content that you feel will enhance your students’ learning experience. Oh, and did we mention that you can also use FlipGrid to post lesson topics and prompts that can be shared with other teachers in the “Disco Library?” We believe that amazing things happen when teachers are able to share their knowledge and insight with each other, and so does FlipGrid! The “Disco Library” helps create a community where teachers can share lesson topics, ideas, and prompts with each other, which they can then use in their own classrooms. This also allows educators to add their own flare and get creative. It’s a community of resources from over 1 million educators and it is all available at your fingertips!
One of the great things about our curriculum is that it gives you the flexibility to pick and choose which lessons and activities you want to complete with your class. This allows you to tailor the experience of your students based on the needs of your class. Awesome, right?! You can hide entire lessons or individual activities by clicking on the three dots in the right-hand corner of the lesson or activity block and clicking ‘Remove.’ This will hide these blocks on your screen. Having second thoughts on removing a lesson or activity? Don’t worry, they are never out of reach! You can add the activities back by going to the bottom of the page and clicking on ‘Show Hidden Lessons’ or ‘Show Hidden Activities.’ From here you can add the activity back by clicking on the three dots to the right and selecting ‘Add.’
The Lifestyle Assessment is Find Your Grind’s formula for bypassing the conventional way society tells us to go about finding your career. The assessment allows users to answer questions addressing how they want to live, what they’re passionate about, and what their strengths are. Upon completion the students are matched with lifestyles tailored to their assessment responses. Students are encouraged to then explore the variety of career, lifestyle, and mentor pages that offer advice and inspiration.
Ideally, students will take the Lifestyle Assessment prior to starting the curriculum; this will provide students with the look and feel of the FYG vibe. The assessment is also the jumping off point of their journey and allows students to establish a direction. If you feel you want to jump right into the curriculum instead, students will be prompted to take the Lifestyle Assessment at the end of Stage 1, Lesson 1.
The Find Your Grind curriculum is mapped out in a way that allows students to go through the process and continue to gain insight about themselves in a progressive manner. Some assignments are marked are marked as suggested because they will be referenced again in later lessons. As the educator, choice is always yours, as the curriculum does not require these to be complete in order to move forward.
The Integrated Competencies are included for you, the educator, to better understand how the FYG curriculum supports the whole-child mindset, and is focused on growth as a person and the development of necessary life skills. For further information on each of the competencies please reference our Teacher Outline for the entire curriculum.
Once assignments have been submitted students won’t be able to make any changes . However, if they feel that they need to alter information you can reassign the assignment by selecting the “Send back for revisions”. Ensure students resubmit after making changes.
Once assignments are submitted they will move into the students Past Assignments tab. If they are reassigned they will move back in the My Assignments tab.
To view past assignments, have students go to the ‘Past Assignments’ tab on the left side of their dashboard. From there, they will be able to access all of their completed assignments.