We’ve created subject and interest-specific groups that you can join. By joining a group, you’ll get notified when a community member mentions your group in their post. Likewise, you can mention a group whenever you are posting something that’s relevant to them. Click here to join as many groups as you’d like!
You can return to the group page at any time to view fellow members and see their most recent activity by selecting groups in the top right of your screen:
We are currently only creating subject-specific and interest-specific groups. The reason for this is because our community is still brand new and we feel that these two types of groups best encourage open exploration. As our community continues to grow and more educators interact, we will definitely consider creating grade band groups as we can see it being useful for finding specific content and also for addressing other teachers who teach the same grade levels.
For now, we recommend that you join all the groups that apply to the subjects you teach. By joining these groups, you will be notified whenever someone mentions the group in their topic.
In addition, we encourage you to use the search bar if you are looking for something grade-specific:
Lastly, if you aren’t finding something that you need, we highly encourage you to post it! In your post you can feel free to include grade-specific language to address educators who teach the same grade levels.
Thanks for bringing up a great question and please let me know if we can help with anything else!
I was going to ask the same thing!!! I teachHigh School Italian and Spanish , what do you teach? And… don’t you think that the audio feature in Formative is the best to get student samples and get them involved? Also to hear your voice? :)
Not sure where Stephanie is from, but in Kentucky, elementary teachers (K-5) teach all content areas. So, I really understand her request for k-5 group. I truly respect these elementary teachers…Go Stephanie! Must be difficult to teach everything!
If you want to join one so that you get notified of things that are specific to your subject-area, simply click on a group above and hit “Join”. We highly encourage you to use these when posting if you are trying to get the attention of community members who teach a specific subject-area! It gets you to the right people and helps everyone connect!
@chase.kirkpatrick We haven’t created these kinds of groups because we feel like they might actually discourage educators from looking beyond their “grade bands” for ideas in their subject area that could be useful. For example, imagine if someone saw a topic that was addressed to solely middle school math educators. They might be discouraged to actually read the post because they might already assume that it’s not relevant to them, when in fact there could be great subject-specific ideas for them to learn.
That being said, we do recognize that it could be useful for community members to be able to find other educators who teach the same “grade bands” as they do (perhaps especially for elementary teachers). Would it be helpful if we created elem, MS, and HS groups that you could join for the sole purpose of seeing other members in the group? You could then tag them individually when posting if you want to get their attention. This would hopefully prevent the negative effects mentioned above.