PD in Your PJs: Literacy Learning



welcome everyone to this session of PD in your PJs we are thrilled that you are here tonight with us we are talking about literacy learning reflecting and sharing with sisa I'm super excited for this presentation we have some amazing ideas for you today our plan for this session is we're going to talk briefly about some recording tips reading fluency and feedback we'll talk a little bit about Writers Workshop and sisa sue is gonna share some awesome literacy tax cards she's gonna talk about feedback Friday that she does in her classroom and then we're gonna try to take questions at the end so if you've never been to a PD in your PJs before you're in for a treat I hope you have your Pete your PJs on like I do we have amazing teachers that we bring in to share their real-life classroom ideas but we also know that sometimes it's hard to soak everything up so we are going to send you this recording and we're also going to send you the slides as well so don't feel like oh my gosh I gotta write all this down it's gonna come to in an email if you registered by tomorrow so keep that in mind and also the slides as well these amazing ladies have agreed to share them we cannot hear you speak we can only hear panelists speak so if you have questions you can type them into the question box that's where we will see them but we're only gonna answer questions at the end because we have so much content to get through here a little bit about me I'm Angelo and the one talking right now I have been a kindergarten teacher for the last 15 years two of which I was season with my students I'm also a certified reading teacher so literacy is really one of my passions in the classroom besides you know all sorts of other things but I really really am passionate about that and now I'm on the seesaw teacher success team you can find me at mrs. Garrett if you have other questions and I want to introduce Cindy Vance she is a California kindergarten teacher she's been teaching kindergarten or first grade for 25 years she's also reading recovery trained a district literacy cohort member and also a seesaw and mask and you can find Cindy on Twitter as well there's her Twitter handle so you know jot that down right now if you want to tweet to her during this presentation and I'd like to introduce you to sue holt sue hold is coming from Washington the state and she teaches 2nd and 3rd grade ela and science she's got 20 years of experience in pre-k through third grade she's a national board certified teacher she also presents nationally for BER so if you've ever been to any of their conferences or workshops and she is also a CSUN ambassador so feel free to tweet at sue as well so we're gonna start off with Cindy Cindy's gonna start sharing how she uses seesaw to document growth in reading and writing hi Cindy are you ready hi Angela yes I'm ready hi everyone so excited this recording station I just i giggle every time I see this it's so exciting thank you so I've been doing seesaw just this year in kindergarten we started in August I heard about it from a tech coach that we have in our district looked into it this summer and then started it told my parents about it at back-to-school night and trying to find a place for my kids to do fluency recording I tried to buy one of those little locker stands and it was really wobbly so I looked around my room and I noticed I had this great shelf full of stuff I just unloaded it and I have my iPad there and my students can just go and record it looks like this so I now have two sides because my kids are so excited about recording I needed another spot for them so it looks we've got independent iPads they can carry around and then two stations that stay stationary for the kids so you can look at the next one and Sue how many are sue Cindy how many iPads do you have in your classroom I know people will ask that question okay I have four you can see those those four right there but I just got two of those my parents did a GoFundMe and got two more and then I have two that are stationary so six all together cool and this is what it looks like from the side so this is where the iPad stay is up on the shelf and the little camera just needs to go through I at first I taped it thinking you know I need the kids to keep it right there but really untape in it and letting them move it where they needed to is the best thing I could do so they can totally do that themselves and they put their book right below this is one of my students so he's showing you how he does that so they just log into seesaw this can this iPads always and seesaw ready and then their hands are free to turn pages to point those are the kinds of things I want to see in kindergartners out what they're doing I decided I wanted to do some weekly fluency checks so I actually made a chart for the kids to upload into seesaw every week so I think that's might be the next slide so I just wrote their names down and said this is the day I would like you to upload a book that you're currently reading in your reading bag one that you've practiced or one that you're working on and they can also put their do the same thing any time if they want to but these are the kids I really want to be sure that they do it so every week I get something new and so in here I'm gonna and I think Enzo do you have to click on that for me cause you see this yeah I'm excited so this is one this is it is it in action totally here we go so can I just say one of my favorite things about this video first of all obviously the iPads not moving but I can hear you teaching in the background which tells you that students are independent with doing this on their own without you right by them so I love that aspect too yeah and it sounds better you know in the when you normally listen to it I can tell there's a little slowdown in the webinar but so what I'm looking for there is just if they're fluent if they're confident if they're pointing we do Teachers College so we talked about the superpowers that they're using what you see now on the screen was an article in the recent reading teacher and it talked about a student who did not want to reread he didn't want to work on fluency until the teacher recorded him and started sending it home every week to his parents so although they weren't using seesaw it was the same idea and she found that that he was doing better with recording greater fluency better expression more phrasing and just more joy he wanted to do it because he had an audience and I think seesaw that's exactly what seesaw is it's an audience these kids know their families are gonna see it I'm going to see it and they're excited about sharing so we need to introduce Jacqueline leathers to seesaw it's what we're going right okay may make your life easier so this is another reading video do you want to just set this up before we play it here oh this is just another example of a student readings yes a higher student here are six little puppies so you get the idea here and obviously examples will be on the slides as well if you want to look at the whole thing but let's talk about comments for students and parents okay so the way I look at this since it's reading workshop I use this almost like conferring so the student is over there recording I look at it later on in the day and I can make comments to the child I like to do it audio but I also type it in and then I've asked my parents to read or have them listen to it so I talk exactly like I do in a conference so I give a compliment I talk about what I notice and I give them a teaching point something next that they need to do so it's kind of helping the child and the parents so here's an example of something I talked to Anthony who's a very emergent reader and talked about the pointing pointer power he was using and then I just talked to him as if I was sitting right alongside him and you just need to remind your parents then to read that so you're educating both the child and the parent that's a good tip I like that listening to others where you tell us about this so this is just another fun thing we like to do is seesaw so you know if you go to the three dots and you print that you just do the print button you would get this where you get the picture of the book and the QR code so I just mounted it and it's in my library and kids then just go over with an iPad and they listen to themselves a lot and their friends read read book so we could also talk about are they being fluent are they being smooth are they using expression but they really enjoy listening to each other read and again just a different audience which is motivating as well so let's talk about Writers Workshop a little bit I'm going to go into this video go here okay so this is just a student reading there's their writing after right right so I just encourage them if they finish a book or they think they're finished with the book they can go and upload that into seasaw I don't have a schedule because they finished when they'd finish and this is finishing a book told me to his house that's a great job so what I like about that is one eye I can't listen to all my students read their stories I can look at it later and I can it's really visual for me to remember and see what she's doing what she's not yet doing so they just know to write and then practice before they go and record that's really important to get them rereading and then they're editing a lot when they notice that and then when they read it again they might notice something else I've seen kids read it into see-saw and then run over and go make changes because when they're actually saying it out loud that's when they're really noticing things that they could improve upon okay and I kind of touched on this but just that they can see finished pieces it's almost a way of publishing celebrating what they've done it could be a work in progress they're changing and revising and and then I talked about who might hear it so they're thinking about their audience right so this is an example of how to write and I think well we'll save that for like a a mystery reveal when they get the slides all right and this is very similar to what I did in reading so it's just another way of me conferring and telling them things I noticed things I see things that they could try oh stretching out the word more show us how to do it you know good so you've got the end where you have to the end so like a little mini lesson in action there yeah so I also just will take it iPad that's not the recording station that was awesome sooo can't wait to hear about your idea so again sue is working with second and third graders English language arts and science so sue are you ready I'm here and ready Hey alright so tell us about your your text set up a little bit you've got two IMAX and 1:1 iPad minis huh yes and I love having the IMAX in my classroom because when I ground my students from the iPad minis they can still do every now and then they have an iPad timeout because I am the second grade group and a p.m. third grade group for ela and science and so I have two class codes and so my students have to sign out and then they scan to sign back in to post so I have my codes hanging up and I color code everything second grade orange purple for third grade and then so I've created a little code that hangs up next to my max as well because I found they were having to run over and pull down the poster so I made its own to hang next to it awesome and it was works really well that in the shared situation I created a couple of really homemade devices to help one day I needed to help my kids video themselves so I just grabbed a tissue box and stuck the iPad in there and it worked really well so I ended up covering it with paper to make it a little bit more sturdy so that works really well for a child who wants to record themselves and hold the book at the same time and then also I saw an idea from I believe it was a seesaw training and to use a office paper box and create a little area to speak into to help eliminate side noise so I created one and because of the a.m. and p.m. class I have the two class lists hanging up on either side that way if I have a specific task I want every kid in the class to go through basically the first student will record their fluency check and then they'll run and gret handoff and iPad to the kids and so they just go down the list in that way everyone does the same task if I have a specific task for that day not that we use up for the most and then I just recently I just wanted to point out I just got these little retro phones and I'm loving them my kids have fallen in love with them I bought the ugliest ones because they were the cheapest they cost about five dollars on Amazon and my students plug them in and it really has been helping with them listening to reading as well as listening to the recordings they make on seesaw and it makes it easier to hear them when they do the recording love that alright literacy task cards I was so excited when you share these in the Facebook groups so unless we're just gonna jump right in go for it sure well I made this because I really wanted my students to feel like they had some accountability when we do independent literacy stations so I do daily 5 in my class that method and so my children are constantly working independently and so I wanted a way for them to document that as well as for me to be able to see what they're doing and have some accountability so I created the literacy task card and I post these in my classroom when we're doing daily 5 as a reminder and they are available on the seesaw website or when you get this link to the Thrive you'll be able to click on it and it'll take you straight there so you can download these if you wanted yourself and so I get clap right now so that you're sharing this with the world because I love these so thank you for being willing to just like put your work out there and share with us we love that of course well I feel like you have to because seesaw shares so much free with teachers that it's definitely a privilege to give that so I appreciate that you know what this is what how I use it in my classroom I post it I display it up on the board and I I like slides because I can update it each day specifically to a specific task I want them to do so my students have must do and then can dues and I pretty much let them just independently rotate through their literacy choices um I might tell them what to do but most of the time they just get to go through the day on their own but they do have to post what they did during center time so basically my kids choose an activity and then they work quietly on their choice emphasis on quietly we do a lot of scratchers for that and then they are expected report on the Literacy Center I think the task cards are great at helping kids feel accountable that's why I select that's so important that's oh I sorry go ahead that independence just building that in exactly that's why I really love the daily five method and it works for any Literacy Center really but you just focus on independence so much so what I tell my kids and I do review this with them and we do explicit teaching to talk about it but I told them you have to do what's inside the yellow box you have to take a picture of your writing and you have to share what you did well is struggled with or I do tell them you could record the writing but I need to see what you actually did you can't just say I worked on writing you have to show some evidence yes exactly and then I put a little question down below here's an idea you can think about it so let me show you a few samples of actual kid work that they've posted and I will say that I've just started using these pass cards in January I got the idea from somewhere to make them up and so most of these posts are pretty recent so this is some of my second grade work and here's a second grader who was reporting on going to Great Wolf Lodge so they're taking a picture than just using the tap between the mic and doing that exactly and some kids like to take a video as I record here's a third grader he's writing a kind of a diary that's okay yep so that's like a little video mhm and then um so it's a couple examples of how they share their writing work and then for read the self and listen to reading they take a picture of the book or they record themselves actually reading from the book I encourage them to talk about character setting plot and author it just depends on the kid um if you play the video Angela from lays on the way to the play they're not expected to record the whole book they certainly can but they can just record themselves reading one page and you know I have to say that the parents love seeing this – not every parent is as active and checking what your kids are up to but lace in particular is and I love what she posted after he reported on reading that book um he just said hey during daily 5:00 I read this book and it was great okay bye now but then she commented and she said I wish I could love this a hundred times I'm so excited to hear about your book please come home and tell me what the story was out right so I love that interaction between parents bring the kids together with the rest so obviously it's noisy in my classroom that's the real life of the classroom that we have going absolutely so we've got some second grade nonfiction texts here yes pretty much every day during the week I do expect my students as kind of their welcome work what they do when they first come in they go on read works and they read an article of the day it's usually short thing and then they have to type up a few things that they remembered or learned about it and then my students also go on to news ela with a partner and they read a news article and then they're supposed to do a summary of what they read so here's an example and they're from the both from the same student and they I asked them to take a screenshot of the article and then to share their learning hit the deck girl has scales on the outside this just look like a trash can okay predator tries to touch strip checkout it won't slip I don't have the skills afternoon while second guess will grow back the cat goes to neither note she's reading she a lot of the kids have learned or I've got them to take note as they read and then she's just reading those notes off Brian blunter because she sounded so amazing there and wonder if they taken notes before so here's just some more examples right right and this is a couple magazines or second graders to Caesar we do genius hours so he was typing up research that he'd read about amphibio amphibians reptiles is what he's studying and then Delaney is working on a research project about volcanoes and so that is her little summary of what they did during that station awesome so some of these and when you get this slide some of these have links that you'll have to come don't listen to so weird words yes so here's some word work examples I my kid this video on the left you don't have to play it but you can watch it at home if you want it but it's basically a website where the kids are doing a word sort and so these two children second graders were sorting the words by spelling pattern and so Tegan was taking a video of Riley and you hear them at the very end saying oh I think your score or something like that and then on the right there's an audio a short audio clip of trajan just explaining what he did during daily v if you want to play that I love the confidence and then you'll notice we're gonna talk about feedback Friday but you'll notice at the bottom of some of these screenshots that you'll see feedback from actual kids like the one that you're seeing now you see Riley saying good job Molly so Hayden did his word work using an app so he just took a screenshot of his work and uploaded that Chloe actually typed her spelling words into sisa I will say though I tend to discourage my kids from doing that because the auto speller right yes so and you can turn that off if you want to I actually like it for my kids but not for spelling practice right so I also have kids do read to someone and so there's a couple videos that we don't need to watch but they're in here for you and we're the kids record themselves reading here today this pictures actually just from today the kid recorded themselves their faces as they read and then in the next slide there's actually a video of the kids you hear them reading that those pages together it's really awesome they recorded themselves and wanted to really in that example so check that out when you get to slice and then and we also for fluency practice we do a poetry elocution and so I always have my students take a picture of their poem I read it fluently for them and then they can read along with me until they're able to memorize their home and read it fluently and then this video is or audio recording is I'm trading here practicing his column and I love that one of my third graders makes a comment on there that I love your poem and Andy did his own self-evaluation and reflection and he typed on there as a caption 205 words a minute I beat my goal and he is a high reader so I 205 words a minute is pretty great for a second grader mm-hmm yeah go for it examples here's a comprehension at the end of reading and boxcar children as a whole class I have the kids create a tune tastic retail and so there's that video you can watch and see how Brianna retold the story and then I just want to mention real quick that for when I have my kids toast I actually turn off the approval my kids posts automatically go on to seesaw just because they post so often I don't want them to have to wait for me to approve everything so I go over digital citizenship a lot we talk about the same process it has to be true helpful inspiring necessary inclined and my students know that they're not allowed to use emojis now for kindergartners and first-graders emojis are really cool because they can tell stories we also have to talk about digital citizenship and I tell them that if I start talking to the whole class they're supposed to pause the recording because I don't want my voice to be on every audio um and we do go over examples of work that show good examples of literacy activities and reflective learning I do model quite frequently what their post should look like and Sue I'm going to start going really fast rate for per minute so folders for each Literacy Center I think that's a great idea using the calendar view so you're not looking at you know the stream of all the posts I love that idea too to be able to see kind of all the work in one glance and then I love this idea of feedback Friday so giving your students this authentic way to reflect and collaborate so I'm going to get into this this little graphic you have here yes so I just made this up for I have two levels one for K because I tried to make it a little simpler and it just guides the kids I have my students when they come in on Friday as they just go and they find three posts by their classmates and they just make a little comment and I'm a little bit more for the 3rd through 5th grade one that I have next I'm a little bit more specific I tell them they have to have a positive and specific comment or question and I for the kindergartners they can record the audio but for the second graders and up I have them types are common and I have a few questions starters and sometimes I'll tell them to give feedback to two or sometimes four here's a few examples of feedback what kids have given to each other I love conclude Jin yeah you got so many good examples here of just this site dialog that can happen and I do talk about specific versus just I like that yeah I point out the good specific comment I do of course approve comments I delete anything that possibly negative I do give them time to read comments that have been posted all right so many ideas I feel like we could spent we could be here like we could spend more time together I'm gonna dig into questions here so if you have a question for Sue or Cindy you can type it in I know our time just to respect your time is technically up here at 30 minutes but I want to hang out for at least five minutes and try to get to some of the questions that you want to ask them but if you're if you're feeling like I'm good to go don't you know you can you can go there too so I'm going to go actually to the next right here so you'll see everyone's Twitter handle that's one question that's how it was asking let's see so Margaret wants to know a little bit more about the telephones in the iPad Jack so Margot you got to get on our Facebook page because that's all the rage these little telephone little things that are going on so you'll see info there and Karen wants to know do you use portfolios or the parent-teacher conferences Cindy you want to tackle that one yes definitely when we met the first time I showed them seesaw and how they could get in on it and I'll post things all the time that are specifically for our what I'm assessing in the report card right so exactly and then we have Caitlyn how do you recommend having students record themselves without tablets so Caitlyn um if you're using laptops or Chromebooks that have those mics embedded you you know you can do the same the same thing you actually probably don't need this setup that Cindy has with the recording you know apparatus because the the computer is kind of like a tripod for you so you can go about it that way Eileen wants to know if you're not one-to-one how do you have students look at other student work to comment so I know sue is one-to-one so that makes it a little bit easier but you have any tips ooh oh I would just recommend that they have a little bit of time I used to have why I only had one between one and five devices I had a schedule where on Monday five kids got to have the device or they just went through and like I said earlier you could have a list of your students and a man that gets a turn and then she goes and finds bed and then Ben goes and gives the device to Christopher or says hey Devin it's your turn to go to the computer so I either develop a schedule or sharing lists to help them each have their own personal time with the device and they want to know what is the app that you had forward work with a little letter titles there do you know the name one of my favorite yes that one is word wizard okay it's it's a Montessori app but it's incredible it has more than just the moveable letters um Sarah wants to know too when you do a daily 5 and have each child do the literacy task cards how do they know when they should stop doing the task card and start doing sisa particularly in working on writing and word work if the tasks take longer than you know that day so I just tend to give a little announcement about 5:00 because we do literacy centers for about 15-20 minutes and then I usually have a small lesson and then I just give a warning or a warning reminder to say hey if you haven't saved something to seesaw yet do that now and if it's a project that's gonna take more than a couple of days they just make a little comment on there that yeah the question yeah I think that I think that's pretty pretty quick but ask again if she didn't answer it correctly yeah Oh sue so your Twitter is tweets to age right yeah it's not tweaks to age then that's a whole interesting other thank you let's see how much time you spend each day checking on their seesaw post so Cindy do you want to take that one yes I sit during my lunch time I have to say cuz I'm kindergarten and other teachers aren't having lunch at the same time and it probably takes me 20 minutes depending on how long how many people have posted that day so it does take time to look through and I don't have I approve everything in my class for kid ahead doesn't go directly well and I when I was in my kindergarten class too I mean basically I you know I would I would say kind of the same thing it depends on what I want students to show that day or share but 10 maybe 10 minutes or so let's see Rachel wants know who is filming these videos is what we are seeing in the videos of the children meeting and pointing the same as what the parents are seeing in seiza yes so what they record that you see on there that's exactly what the parents are seeing and only that child's parent gets to see that so exactly yes just pointing to that that child's folder um at least wants to know what has the response from parents been like my parents loved getting this window into their students day not every parent checks it all the time but pretty much every day I'm approving comments from parents say I love that that looks incredible good job so I get a lot of positive feedback I agree I think that's one of my favorite parts I have parents that are out of town they they're traveling and they love to see what their child is doing in class or they have questions about you know are they are they writing I'm noticing they're not doing very much and then they see it and then they just like sue at bench and it's those conversations sometimes I even ask parents I post something and say tonight at home I want you guys to talk about this so I think it's just a great way to get the conversation going and for them to encourage their child in class exactly so I know there's some questions that we didn't get to in here but I know we also have I want to respect our amazing guests here today that came so just so you know if you're thinking oh my goodness this is amazing where do I go from here come back for another PT in your PJs we actually have a seesaw teachers group on Facebook that's actually where I pulled Cindy and Sue both brown eyes like I love your ideas come to a webinar and they're also of course seesaw ambassadors which I work very closely with but come back for more PD and your PJs we're doing a brand I'm doing a brand new to seesaw webinar tomorrow that if you're thinking how do I even start this you can come to that one there's tons of recorded webinars from all different grade levels all different levels of sisa and of course on Twitter if you're not um yeah connected with us on Twitter yet that is also a great place to go and then here are all of our Twitter handles so again sue is actually tweet to H so that's where you'll find her but if you have further questions or want to follow up that's a great place to find them and I would love love love if you would fill out the survey that you're gonna get just right after this webinar closes it'll pop up and it'll take you maybe 90 seconds to fill up but we really really love your feedback in terms of how you think this webinar went but also things that you're looking for hoping for in upcoming webinars what do you need help with as you get going with sisa in your classroom so Cindy and Sue thank you so much for coming tonight you had so many awesome ideas and I can't wait for everyone to get your slides and your recording here as well so thanks ladies for coming thank you bye everyone

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  1. This is wonderful! Thank you for sharing. Is there a way to share the slides and resources? The link below says the page does not exist.

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