There are so many ideas out there that you can use, download and purchase that can fit into the look or activity you are trying to complete. Bitmoji is so easy to use but if you're stuck, keep an eye out on my youtube channel for a Bitmoji video coming soon!
Check out some of the Bitmoji resources I have in the VIP access area also!
Many of us are heading back to school soon with New Zealand and Australia starting the new school year! This is very exciting - new students, new classrooms, maybe even a new school! In my classroom last year, I made a big effort to include student voice in with the things we had in the classroom, where items went and learning activities.
The best thing I ever did was ask my students to name the 5 most important things in the classroom to help us learn, that we use everyday and that make our classroom special or unique! The most important things to have in this room if we had to empty everything out.
So here we have it....The 5 must haves in your classroom according to my 7 year olds.
And there you have it! 5 must haves in the classroom according to my 7 year olds from 2018! Quotes taken from my students and there was no bribery when talking about me (hahaha).
I've come across lots of teachers asking how to get Seesaw started or set up in your school. Obviously every school is different and will look different to each teacher. But it is always important to have consistent expectations that teachers know, understand and agree to to ensure consistency across the school.
At my school, we first rolled it out across a few classrooms to test it out, gain feedback and see how students experienced it within their learning. Then we rolled it out school wide. But we needed to get some expectations to ensure teachers knew what was expected of them with this new technology being introduced. So we gathered as a staff meeting and really unpacked what it will look like, what was reasonable to begin with for teachers and students, and what the learning being shared would look like.
Our expectations were written into an online policy guidelines so that teachers were clear about what was happening. Our expectations for 2018:
To have two posts minimum a term
Can be in any curriculum area
Can be individual or group based post
It must have a WALHT or SC. This will help parents understand what the post is about and what learning was happening.
There was also guidelines about what happens if students were to post inappropriate things, places for questions and also conferences.
This really helped me (ICT Lead Teacher) and other teachers be clear about what was happening when using Seesaw.
If you would like to view this document as a Google doc please view it here. Please see my other Seesaw blog posts for other areas of implementation that can help you get Seesaw started in your school!
This weeks Sunday Spotlight is sharing a fun new resource to help with your noise control in class - noise level bitmoji posters!
These posters are great for a visual display that students can see while working. Teachers could use a special peg or arrow to have the noise level poster at a particular level while working. In my class, I have a noise level monitor and that person is the one that gets to physically move the arrow the noise level expected. Such a fun and engaging way to get students more aware of the noise they are creating and also expectations. And this resource includes Bitmojis which are awesome!
So simple! Download the resource and it will prompt you to a link in a Google Drive folder with the templates. Make a copy of each one and change the bitmoji pictures to be ones of your own! Voila, you are done! Find the link to the resource by subscribing to mrspriestleyict.com. It is in the VIP access area.
Do your students use Seesaw for recording?
I was on the Seesaw facebook page the other night and saw someone requesting a self assessment rubric or chart for their students to use. So I just finished making this one for teachers and students to use!
In my classroom we currently have a self assessment scale with the three colours: I can do it, I'm getting there, I need some help. This rubric ties into that so it all aligns for my class.
You can download a copy of this for yourself and your classroom here: Seesaw Recording Self Assessment Rubric
There is also a blank version for you to add your own self assessment pictures or codes to. You can download a copy of that one here: Seesaw Recording Self Assessment Rubric blank
Seesaw is the bomb and I have worked on creating loads of templates for teachers to use alongside Seesaw to share different parts of their learning. There are some for literacy (reading and writing) and also maths.
The link to all the Seesaw templates are in my Google Drive that I have shared as part of this website. It has loads of other resources in it, but the Seesaw ones are also a big part of it! Check out the link to the Google Drive here, where you can get access to all the resources below plus more!
1-100 Magic numbers: perfect for a number of the day or week activity
Addition 1-100 game board templates: addition 1-100 game board templates that can be used on Seesaw for addition practice
Calendar Maths/number of the day: these are for senior students using Seesaw to show evidence of the number of the week
Christmas maths addition templates: christmas themed maths addition templates
Daily Organisers/number of the day: these templates are perfect for any age students focusing on a number of the week with different activities
Handwriting templates: templates that can be used for handwriting practice
HFW game boards: HFW game board templates that can be used on Seesaw for HFW practice
Letter of the week: letter of the week templates that focus on a letter you might be focusing on. There are different activities for the letter
Maths addition and subtraction templates: these templates are great for showing different addition and subtraction templates to solve equations or problems.
Maths division templates: these templates are great for showing different ways of working out a division equation or problem.
Maths multiplication templates: these templates are great for showing different ways of working out a multiplication equation or problem
Number identification templates: these templates are great for number knowledge practice or identification.
Practice your numbers 1-20: these templates show many different activities for numbers 1-20.
Spelling templates: these templates provide different ways for practicing their spelling
Word of the week: these templates allow students to practice their HFW in many different ways to reinforce knowledge and practice.
Word of the week templates (second edition): these templates allow students to practice their HFW in many different ways to reinforce knowledge and practice.
Click on the links to view the templates and use these in your classroom!
How do you keep track of learning time in reading rotations?
I use this really simple Google Slide template with built in timers displayed on the TV for students (and myself) to keep track of our learning and the time in reading lessons. It is a great way to build responsibility amongst everyone in the classroom and ensure we are all working hard.
I have 4 rotations in class which each last 15 minutes. I have a slide for each of those with instructions on what students should be doing (finding their board, crossing off their choice and getting started). In between each rotation there is a 1 minute tidy up timer to help students stay on task with tidying up and moving to their next one.
You can make a copy of my template if you are interested here >> Reading timer: make a copy. These are fun to use and I hope you and your students like these too!
Daily 5! Who loves it? Uses it? Has no idea what it is? Daily 5 is a fantastic way of delivering your reading programme! It has five elements to it that students can practice or work through to build their literacy skills. The aim is for students to be able to manage themselves in Daily 5 but this of course is completely up to you and your students. And some teachers prefer to have control over student choice.
The five elements to Daily 5 are:
-work on writing
-read to self
-read to someone
-listen to reading
You can of course include other elements to it, but these are the basis to a Daily 5 programme. You would have work with teacher or teacher time as well. I first came across it a few years ago on Twitter and to further investigate, I brought this book. It explains everything you need to know about Daily 5 and how to make it work in your class. So I got started, following the book, making changes where possible to suit my kids and work on this Daily 5 journey. I must admit, the first year I started Daily 5 it was a bit of a jumble. But now, my third year into using Daily 5 I really see the benefits my children are receiving from doing it. I teach Year 1/2 students.
So if you are looking for where to get started I'm going to help you out!
First read through my Daily 5 slides. These were made for PRT's at my school to explain what Daily 5 is and how you could run it. I have shared these on my website but here is the link again for you >> Daily 5 PLD Slides
Now you need some resources! I created a huge Daily 5 resource pack to help you get started with Daily 5 in your class! This pack has signs, templates, examples and even self-assessment criteria checklists! Perfect for getting into Daily 5. This is available to purchase on my website or Teachers Pay Teachers page. Purchase this on my website and use the code 'daily5' to get a cheeky discount!
Alongside my above resources I use a Daily 5 checklist. This is once my students have strong routine skills and are ready to self manage their choices in using Daily 5. Each student gets their own copy of a board and crosses out the choices they make during reading time. I have other extra ones in their also to keep it interesting and make sure my students are engaged. This checklist would work great alongside my other Daily 5 resources and is available for purchase from my website or Teachers Pay Teachers Store. Purchase this on my website and use the code 'daily5' to get a cheeky discount!
Do you use class goals in your class? We have started using a weekly focus goal to help keep us track of our behaviour in the class. There are two goals: one for the class and one for myself. It's only fair I have one to work on if the children are working on one too!
On Monday, we talk through our week that passed and an area we think we might work on. I find the goals for the class are easier to think of than goals for me. The ones I always get are more generic ones like "not too use a shouty voice" or "smile more". But still it is important to have something to work on!
The templates of both of these are downloadable if you were looking to set up something in your class. There is one for the teacher and one for the class! Or simply use the class one if you don't want to have one for yourself! Find the links below to make a copy and create one for yourself!
Teacher Goal for the week: Click here for the link!
Class Goal for the week template: Click here for the link!
I found my children were constantly bugging me during teacher time in my lessons and wondered how I could decrease this from happening. We created a "When to interrupt Mrs Priestley" chart but that wasn't really having the same effect.
So I thought of how I could best suit my classes needs and seeing they love Bitmojis I worked on this! A very simple yet effective way of showing my children if they can talk to me or not.
I created the two boxes on google drawing, inserted my Bitmojis and then printed it out along with an arrow. When I am available to talk to students I move the arrow over to 'How can I help you' and the students know they are able to talk to me or ask me questions. When I am busy working with a group, I move the arrow over to 'Do not Disturb' and students know they need to see other peers in their class before me. This sits behind me on my focus wall so students can easily see it to help encourage them to problem solve the situations themselves.
If you want to make a copy of my template you can find it here >> Bitmoji do not disturb chart. Simply make a copy of it and add your own Bitmojis!
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