Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Back to School: Meet and Greet Letter

Julie and I sent out letters as normal.  The purpose of our letters is to begin the school to home relationship.  We like to address our letters to our students.  As most of them are early readers we know that most often parents are the ones reading them.  This year we did what we do best- TECHNOLOGY!  We added QR codes! The QR Codes linked to us reading the letter to students.

Techy!  Differentiated!  Personalized!  and CUTE!  Go ahead... scan our QR codes... check it out. 
If you read the letter, you would also see that we are diving right into building Grit and Resilience!  
 We hope this inspires you.

How we did this:
1.  Typed our letters out
2.  Recorded us reading
     * Julie used Quicktime to do a screen cast of her reading her letter on her laptop.  Then uploaded to Youtube.
     *I popped an image of my letter into an iMovie and recorded my voice.  I then also uploaded to
3.  Turned the Youtube URL into a QR code.  Not sure how to make a QR code... check out this tutorial: Making a QR Code

We would love to see what you come up with!
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Active Sitting- Strongly Encouraged!

 Bouy StoolDo you ever hear or find yourself saying "sit still and stay focused"  or "stop moving and listen"?  Not in our classrooms!  We know that children naturally want to move.  Instead of students focusing on sitting still and thinking about the consequences if they can't sit still, students are instead better able to focus on tasks at hand and a deeper level of thinking.    Research shows that moving can actually improve a child’s ability to focus.  For this reason we strongly encourage active sitting- which could be sitting or standing!  Active sitting encourages students to perform controlled micro-movements which improve blood and oxygen flow to the brain which increases concentration.   Research show this actually improves a child’s ability to focus.   There are multiple types of active seats available.  Click on the images, do a little reading... find out which seat is best for your child.  Reach out to your child's teacher and see if you could send one to school.  We are a Welcome BYOS (bring your own seat) classroom- Meaning we have the standard chairs, we have some active seats but not nearly enough, so if a parent wants to send one in for their child, they are more than welcome to.  
 Hokki Stool Yoga Ball ChairBalance Ball (yoga ball)

 Kore Wobble Stool
 ErgoErgo Stool    

 Standing Balance Board Wobble Stool Zenergy Ball Stool
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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Seesaw: Student Digital Portfolios

This school year we are using Seesaw with our students.  Seesaw is an awesome, easy to use, free student driven digital portfolio platform and parent communication tool.  With Seesaw teachers are able to capture student learning in any form.  Students are able to showcase their learning using photos, videos, drawing, text, PDFs and links.  A cool future is that students are able to import items from most apps.   Giving students access to Seesaw is a great tool for empower students individually.

Visit Seesaw to learn more!

If you sign up using this link: Free Premium, we (this includes you!) will get an extra month of their premium features for free!

Let's collaborate together!  Post questions, comments and ideas about Seesaw below so we can learn together!
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