With New Zealand going back into lockdown, many teachers are back to using distant or online learning to keep the learning happening. Part of the first lockdown we had here, I shared info on how to create your own sticker books and stickers for Seesaw and motivational rewards. These can be updated each day or based on the activities students complete and be a way of keeping students involved or interested in their learning.
I have created a video below on how to find and access past Seesaw sticker books; with links to how to create your own sticker book using my template and sticker templates.
This second video is of the amazing new update to Seesaw! You can now link directly to Seesaw activities for students to complete without having to go through the activity portal. Before it was hard to get students to complete activities online by simply talking about where to go, how to access it and using visuals as prompts.
Now you don't need that - you can generate the student link and share it with them directly. They get taken straight to the activity to complete and then can fill it in! So easy and handy. Check out my video showing you how to do it!
What technology did we use?
The must-do activities were usually one reading themed, one maths themed, one writing themed and then a check in. There were also two different variations of the choice board which differentiated for needs, with students being able to choose 1, some from both or all options.
This was a Google slide that was embedded into our Google site and had all the links on it for students to use. There were screenshots of activities and specific key help for parents to be able to support the learning happening. I also talked through this every Monday so students could see the learning that was happening and the activities for the week.
How did it go?
Overall I really loved the online learning. Anything technology I thrive off and found it a great opportunity to stretch my learning, change my practice and use technology to enhance learning. Yes it was hard (which I will share below) but I feel my students didn't regress too much in the time we didn't have in class.
I had 90-100% attendance in every online zoom session, with students being prepared for the session by bringing the materials, being present and engaged online and using technology in a new way we might not have before. The learning was completed regularly by 72% of my students with many doing parts here and there. Of course I wanted them to be happy so there was no expectation for it to HAVE to be done. The 1:1 sessions were always booked each week and were used to target students in discussion with parents.
Yes of course there were some which every teacher faced!
Want even more ideas and in depth on what I did? Check out my online PLD recording that I ran in April!
Freebies for your online learning
This is a three part activity where they can use the video to record themselves. Of course they can use other tools too but the video tool is a great way to capture students, their thinking and emotions whilst sharing or reflecting.
This weeks freebie of the week are these anchor charts to help students use a wide range of vocabulary instead of commonly used one! No more said, happy, long or slow! Spice up their lives with some new vocabulary instead of using those common words! This resource includes 21 commonly used words with replacement or other words they could use instead! Display this in your classroom on the wall, by group tables or as prompts for students to refer too! Exciting for new things in your classroom that can help students extend their ideas or make them more interesting! Download it below!
These provocation ideas are split into four categories - sensory, cognitive, pretend and fine motor. Each of these can be easily implemented in your classroom with what you have and the needs or interests of your students. Of course this is not a finite list, but something I am using to make sure I meet each of these play areas for my students. Download this list as pdf below, along with this other freebie of some pretend (dramatic) play ideas too!
These could be photo copied with a copy given to parents for their hard copy, and also attached to their file or planning for you - the teacher. These are handy for all teachers looking to have successful parent teacher conferences with goal setting. Download this freebie below.
Parent/teacher conference templates
Parent/teacher conference templates
These templates are great for parent/teacher conferences or meetings you are having. This could assist alongside reports and be used for goal setting, questions and comments. This could be copied and sent home with the parents, or kept just for your own copy to plan for next learning steps.
This comes with 6 variation headings:
This resource has 6 pages.
Mrs Priestley ICT blog is a place to read, download and view ideas!