Mr. Murphy and I are proud to spotlight four Fox Hill teachers from grades one, two, and three how they are leveraging Seesaw to document student learning and connect with parents.
First Grade-Ms. Stone
This past week I had the opportunity to visit Ms. Stone’s class and introduce them to the drawing tool in Seesaw. Students learned how to change the color and line thickness of the pen tool, how to use the eraser tool, how to record their voice, and how to upload their completed drawing and recording to their journal. For this particular lesson, students were learning the sight word “as”. Ms. Stone wanted students to draw a picture of their choice from the page in their Center Notebook featuring the word “as”. She also wanted them to record their voices reading the “as” sentences. This activity allowed students to practice their reading fluency, speaking skills, and recognition of the sight word “as”. Additionally, students were able to demonstrate their creativity through their drawings. For me, the best part of this lesson was watching students critique their drawings and their recordings. I watched several students erase and start over so that they could produce the best drawing possible. To see first graders evaluate their own work was extremely powerful!
First Grade- Mrs. Carroll
Mrs. Carroll was the first teacher I approached at Fox Hill to try Seesaw during the 2016-2017 school year. During last year’s pilot, she was instrumental in demonstrating to other teachers the power and potential of Seesaw as a digital portfolio tool. This year, Mrs. Carroll continues to use Seesaw to document student learning and connect with families. So far, Mrs. Carroll’s students have used Seesaw to create book reviews, record book responses and for personal narratives to showcase their writing skills. The book reviews and responses gave students the opportunity to explain what they liked about a book of their choice, what the problem was in the story, and their ability to use persuasive language to influence their audience to read the book. In addition to developing their reading and writing skills, Mrs. Carroll’s students are becoming savvy with the Seesaw technology. After giving them an initial lesson, they can now independently take and edit pictures and record high quality audio and video. Mrs. Carroll recently connected families with her Seesaw classes and mentioned to me how parents are providing comments on their child’s work within an hour after items are uploaded. This is a perfect example of how Seesaw is able to provide a strong and meaningful school-parent connection.
Second Grade – Mrs. Tigges
Like Mrs. Carroll, second grade teacher Mrs. Tigges was one of the first teachers at Fox Hill to effectively use Seesaw with her students. She has also started to use Seesaw this year to capture student learning and share special moments with parents. A recent item her students uploaded to their journals was a video providing their thoughts on Global Maker Day and suggestions for how Mr. Murphy and I could make next year’s Global Maker Day even better. Below is a screenshots of Sophia and Havish providing their thoughts on Global Maker Day.
Third Grade-Ms. Saia
Ms. Saia was an early adopter of Seesaw and has been using it since September. Uploading work to their Seesaw journals is becoming more and more of a part of her students’ weekly routine. This illustrates students feeling empowered to document their learning activities and as their portfolio grows, it will give them (and their parents) the opportunity to see how much their skills have improved. Ms. Saia is letting her students take more control of which items they wish to showcase in their portfolios and that is the mindset we hope all teachers will adopt. Ultimately, we hope that each child’s portfolio is a unique representation of the knowledge and skills they have developed throughout the school year. Below are three examples of the work Ms. Saia’s students have uploaded to Seesaw. The first example shows a drawing from the nonfiction book The Great Kapok Tree. In addition to the drawing, students recorded their voices and explained what they had learned about preserving the rain forests. The second example is a picture of the Autumn poem students had written. Students recorded themselves reading the poems, and uploaded them to Seesaw. The last example is a screenshot from a video students had uploaded featuring their review of the fiction book The Raft.
Mr. Murphy and I are eager to continue working with Fox Hill teachers on how they can capture daily learning activities through the effective integration of Seesaw. Stay tuned for more Seesaw Spotlight posts and all the learning that’s taking place in Fox Hill classrooms!