FIP Facilitator Name: Faith Ecker
Title: 2nd Grade Teacher & CLP
School/District: Georgetown Exempted Village Schools
When did you begin working on formative instructional practices?
How did you get started?
Through Battelle for Kids and the Ohio Appalachian Collaborative.
Share an "I used to think... but now I think..." moment you've had when learning about or implementing FIP.
I used to think that to assess students, you had to give them a pencil and paper test....NOW I know that quick verbal or signal assessments are even more valuable to help teachers receive an immediate measure of students' understanding. FIP helps keep a finger on the pulse of student learning and drives your instruction.
What have been your biggest challenges in advancing the use of FIP?
The biggest challenge has been educating myself on FIP strategies and consistently implementing them in my classroom. Beyond that, I remind myself to be educating and providing examples to my colleagues to showcase how FIP works.
What successes have you seen in implementation so far?
Immediate student intervention has been invaluable for us. FIP has helped build a trust between students and teachers. Our students are receiving the support or lift that they need in order to succeed or extend in their learning.
What impact do you see FIP having in your school/district?
Student achievement! FIP also creates teacher confidence in the process. Teachers now have the tools to address the needs of their students.
What advice do you have for other FIP Facilitators or educators getting started with formative instructional practices?
Stick with it....educate yourself....collaborate with colleagues...trust the process....IT WORKS!
The Ohio Appalachian Collaborative (OAC) is a partnership between 21 rural school districts and Battelle for Kids working to transform rural education and ensure students graduate prepared for college, careers, and life. Collectively, the 21 OAC districts represent 74 schools, 2,066 teachers and more than 34,000 students. To learn more, visit the OAC blog.