Here is a very short and simple video that I created showing you how easy it is to create your own QR codes and cute little background pictures. These could be done for anything really in your class - books, videos, information videos for writing, topic studies! It really isn't limited!
Don't want to make your own? Check out the PDFs below of some that I have made that you can use in your classroom!
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).
Sunday Spotlight is back! 🙌❗️
With so many new resources made this last week you really need to head over to the VIP area of my website for more than just one.
But today's one was made specifically for a customer - a make your own version of my Daily 5 Checklist. Instead of a pre-made one, you can use the icons to make your own one! Specific to your class and your students! This is great if you only want specific students to be doing particular Daily 5 items, or maybe practice an item more than the others giving more opportunities to practice it on their checklist.
It really is simple to use! Just copy and paste the icon and drag it to where you want it on the checklist. The black square on the left is for their name or a picture of their face. I always use pictures so they know whose is whose, especially for those students that struggle with names.
Check out this quick video below on how it works and use the code 'daily5' on my website to get 50% off this resource and my Daily 5 pack!
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.
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!
Have you downloaded these Seesaw ebooks yet?
Seesaw: An overview for Teachers is a simple to read ebook that explains how easy Seesaw is for you and your students! It takes you through how to get set up using Seesaw, the positives, tips and tricks to using it with links to resources that might help you along the way.
Download this as a pdf here: http://bit.ly/seesawebook
Download it and read it on itunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/seesaw/id1417466004?mt=11
40 ways to use Seesaw in your classroom is to provide teachers with 40 activities, resources and ways to use Seesaw within your classroom! This is perfect for those who need ideas, templates or activities for reading, writing or maths!
Download this as a pdf here: http://bit.ly/seesawebook2
Download it and read it on itunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/40-ways-to-use-seesaw-in-your-classroom/id1435552566?mt=11
I am always looking for new ways of getting students engaged and using Seesaw in a meaningful way. The opportunities with Seesaw are really limitless and thats what makes it so great to use in any classroom!
My new Seesaw resources adapts one originally created by @mickie_mueller/@tracipiltz; which I have then modified for a reading and maths type contract activity! You can find the original here. The aim is for students to use it as a reading or maths contract over a week, and share evidence of their learning using the different tools Seesaw offers! The great thing is this can be adapted or changed to suit your students needs or levels! Perfect for any age.
Each contract has five activities or ways students can document or show evidence in their learning. The reading contract is aimed around a book or study for the week, and the maths could be used for gathering evidence over a longer period of time or time focusing on a particular strategy.
Both of these are customizable, just make a copy of the template and make changes that suit your class! Find the contracts here!
How do you shake up learning? It's just a great slogin. Gets you really thinking about the learning and teaching that is going on in the classroom. Kasey Bell is a fantastic educator from USA that provides resources, ebooks, books and PLD services to help you 'shake up learning'.
I first came across Shake Up learning in early 2018 when I purchased her book - Shake Up learning. It was a easy read with tonnes of tips to help you think about what is going on in the classroom and what you can do to help you move to a dynamic type of teaching and learning. You can purchase this for yourself from amazon here >> 'Shake up learning' book
A huge part of Shake up learning is the online courses that are run! These are amazing, and a great way of discovering new learning, tips and ideas for you and your class! There are heaps currently offered with more coming over the next few months. Check them all out here on the website >> Shake up learning teachable PLD
A few favs on there at the moment are:
Google Classroom Master Class Online Course
The Dynamic Learning Workshop Online Course
Get Google Certified Online Course
Become a Google Certified Trainer Online Course
This one is coming in November!
Google Slides Master Class Online Course
Click on the links to go and view or purchase those online courses! Believe me, it is worth the money! You will walk away with so many ideas! Check it out, and email me if you have any questions about anything.
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