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Seesaw is an amazing tool for both teachers and students. Click here to check out the 4 ways that I use Seesaw with my reading groups!  One of the great things about Seesaw is that you don’t always have to have all of these activities pre-planned; students can take and add their own pictures/videos.

I discovered Seesaw this year and there is no turning back!  It is an amazing tool for both teachers and students.  If you haven’t heard of Seesaw, it is a student-driven digital portfolio where “show what they know” using photos, videos, drawings, text, PDFs, and links.  It can be used on a Chromebook or laptop and as an app on an Ipad or other tablets. 

The great thing about Seesaw is that you don’t always have to have all of these activities pre-planned and assigned in order for them to happen.  Students can simply take and add pictures and/or videos themselves! 

Here are 4 easy ways that you can incorporate Seesaw into your reading groups!

1. Recording Reading

Recording student’s reading is great for so many reasons! Students can hear what they sound like when reading, it documents their progress, and together you can identify strengths and target areas for improvement. 

One way is to take a picture or a screenshot of a specific page. Students can either record themselves reading that page only, or record themselves reading the entire book or chapter.  

Seesaw is an amazing tool for both teachers and students. Click here to check out the 4 ways that I use Seesaw with my reading groups!  One of the great things about Seesaw is that you don’t always have to have all of these activities pre-planned; students can take and add their own pictures/videos.

Students can also record themselves reading a word list that goes along with the skill that you are working on or they can work as partners could also record themselves doing Reader’s Theater. 

Seesaw is an amazing tool for both teachers and students. Click here to check out the 4 ways that I use Seesaw with my reading groups!  One of the great things about Seesaw is that you don’t always have to have all of these activities pre-planned; students can take and add their own pictures/videos.

2. Work Samples

This is another great way to document student work and show growth.  Students can take a picture of their work and submit it. They can take it a step further by taking a picture and then explaining their thinking using the recording feature. 

3. Exit Tickets

Exit tickets are a great way to check for understanding. Students can take a picture of an actual exit ticket like below or they can use Seesaw to create their own.  Students can take a picture of a text and explain the main idea, type or write some words based on a spelling pattern or record themselves answering a question.  The possibilities are endless!

Seesaw is an amazing tool for both teachers and students. Click here to check out the 4 ways that I use Seesaw with my reading groups!  One of the great things about Seesaw is that you don’t always have to have all of these activities pre-planned; students can take and add their own pictures/videos.

4. Parent Communication

Seesaw is an amazing tool for both teachers and students. Click here to check out the 4 ways that I use Seesaw with my reading groups!  One of the great things about Seesaw is that you don’t always have to have all of these activities pre-planned; students can take and add their own pictures/videos.Seesaw is a great way for parents to take a peek into what is going on in your classroom!  If they use the app, they will get a notification every time their child posts something.  Students are proud to share their Seesaw work with their parents, and it is a great conversation starter about what happened in school.                                                                                                                                                                                       For me (a non-classroom teacher) it is a great way to communicate about what we are working on in our intervention groups.  Parents can “like” and comment on their child’s posts, which is always motivating for the students!
Thank you so much for stopping by!  Let me know in the comments if there is another way that you use Seesaw in your reading groups!

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Are you looking for a way to invigorate your reading groups?  My day is made up of K-5 reading groups and I'm sharing 10 things that have revolutionized my reading groups.  These essentials keep our small group reading group on track, organized, and hassle-free.

Here are the 3 steps that will transform you from a non-crafter to a certified Martha Stewart! Do you swoon every time you see something that has been hand lettered?  Do you wish that you had the creativity to do the same?  Well that was me until I figured out this crafty secret.


Do you swoon every time you see something that has been hand lettered?  Do you wish that you had the creativity to do the same?  Well that was me until I figured out this crafty secret.
Here are the 3 steps that will transform you from a non-crafter to a certified Martha Stewart!

Step 1: 

Grab your computer and open up whatever program you are most familiar with (I prefer PowerPoint)!  Find a fun font and type whatever message you want to add to your chalkboard or latest Target Dollar Spot find.


Here are the 3 steps that will transform you from a non-crafter to a certified Martha Stewart! Do you swoon every time you see something that has been hand lettered?  Do you wish that you had the creativity to do the same?  Well that was me until I figured out this crafty secret.

Step 2: 

Project that image!  Once I’ve decided on my text, I hook my computer up to my classroom promethean board and project it (not during my contractual school hours).  For this project I taped the apple to the board.

To get your text to the appropriate size you will might need to increase or decrease the size. Once you have that situated grab a pencil and start tracing each letter.

Here are the 3 steps that will transform you from a non-crafter to a certified Martha Stewart! Do you swoon every time you see something that has been hand lettered?  Do you wish that you had the creativity to do the same?  Well that was me until I figured out this crafty secret.



Step 3: 

Now it’s time to put the finishing touches on your project!  Use a liquid chalk marker to trace your pencil outline!  I like to go over it twice to make the chalk line darker.  These pens can be found at Target, Walmart, Michaels and Amazon - so basically everywhere!

Here are the 3 steps that will transform you from a non-crafter to a certified Martha Stewart! Do you swoon every time you see something that has been hand lettered?  Do you wish that you had the creativity to do the same?  Well that was me until I figured out this crafty secret.


Sometimes when I feel like living life on the edge, I skip the pencil tracing and trace using the chalk marker.

That’s it!  Pretty easy don’t you think?  It is a great way to add a personalized touch to any project.  Here is an example of another project that I did; an end of the year gift for my son’s teachers.  I made it by tracing a free printable that I downloaded!



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Are you looking for some fun ways to get to know your students better?  Here are three great getting to know you activities for back to school!  I use them at the beginning of the year, when we get a new student and/or change groups.  Click here to get your freebie!

Are you looking for some fun ways to get to know your students better?  Here are three great getting to know you activities for back to school!  I use them at the beginning of the year, when we get a new student and/or change groups.  Sometimes when the group earns a game day they still ask to do some of these activities even though we already know each other!

Activity #1: Guess Who

This is a fun freebie that can be used in a few different ways!  Students write three different clues about themselves and then the QR code will reveal their true identity!

Are you looking for some fun ways to get to know your students better?  Here are three great getting to know you activities for back to school!  I use them at the beginning of the year, when we get a new student and/or change groups.  Click here to get your freebie!

Getting Started

I always love to start by brainstorming with the whole group!  This way everyone won’t give the same/obvious clues like hair and eye color. Once everyone has chosen three clues, they can write them and move onto the next step.

Making a QR Code

Learning how to make a QR code is easy and once you know how to make one there are so many other wonderful ways to use it in the classroom!

If you have never made one before, here is a great QR tutorial from the always amazing Tabitha Carro.  Pay close attention at the 2:30 mark for connecting a QR code to plain text (like someone’s name).

Then print the QR Codes and put each student’s on the bottom corner of their page.  The square at the bottom of the page fits a QR code that is 1.5” x 1.5 “

QR  Code Reader

There are so many great free ones in the iTunes store!  You will need at least one device that has a QR code reader.

Are you looking for some fun ways to get to know your students better?  Here are three great getting to know you activities for back to school!  I use them at the beginning of the year, when we get a new student and/or change groups.  Click here to get your freebie!


You can display "Guess Who" and let kids go around guessing and scanning!  If you have some time for a whole group activity, you can display one at a time, read the clues and have the students make predictions before scanning or having the real student reveal themselves!

Activity #2: Getting to Know You Jenga

How to Play:

There are so many ways to play this game!  I play it in small groups and depending on the age of the students I read the question or students read the questions.  When a student picks a block, everyone answers the question!

Some other ways to play are as a center, in partners or you can even play as a whole group!

Are you looking for some fun ways to get to know your students better?  Here are three great getting to know you activities for back to school!  I use them at the beginning of the year, when we get a new student and/or change groups.  Click here to get your freebie!

Materials Needed:

You will need jenga or jumble blocks (target dollar spot version), modge podge, some sort of brush to apply the modge podge, and of course the questions! Adhere the questions with modge podge and once it dries you are ready for action!

Activity #3: Getting to Know You QR Codes

How to Play:

Much like Getting to Know You Jenga there are so many ways to play! You can play in a small group, whole group or with partners!  You can tape the QR codes around the classroom or school and go on a scavenger hunt for them.  Or sometimes I put them in a bin and we take turns picking them out and scanning them.

Materials Needed:

At least 1 device with a QR code reader (free from iTunes) and the QR Codes.


Those are three of my favorite getting to know you activities for back to school!  I hope you give one a try and your students love them as much as mine do!  Don’t forget to grab your freebie below!




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Photo Credit: Dot Dudes on the cover image are from Sarah Peccerino Illustrations



Click to learn more about Digital flashcards and six ways that you can incorporate them into your classroom.  They are a game changer when it comes to reading and are such an engaging and motivating activity.


Do you want to know more about phonological awareness? Did you ever think you knew a lot about a topic only to find out you barely knew anything at all? That’s how I felt about phonological awareness until I read the book Equipped for Reading Success by Dr. David Kilpatrick. Here are some of my top takeaways!

Do you have an Erin Condren Teacher  Planner?  Check out this post and get some freebies so that you can personalize it even more!  Even if you don't have an Erin Condren Teacher Planner YET - there may be something you can use in your current planner!

I made my own planner each year since I started teaching.  But this year, I finally took the plunge and got an Erin Condren Teacher Planner and there is no turning back!  I have come across some fun hacks and want to share some great freebies to help you personalize your EC Teacher Planner!

Last month I attended the always amazing #tptflock16.  I was lucky enough to win my very own Erin Condren teacher planner that came with some great accessories thanks to Mikey D.  Here is the amazingness that was included:

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 I can’t wait to use it next year!  But now let’s talk about my current planner and some freebies for you! I am a reading teacher so not all sections seemed applicable to me - hence the need for personalization!

Monthly Plan

First off we have the plan your months.  I don’t necessarily have curriculum to map out so I used it to help map out yearbook tasks for the year. (unnecessary side note: I ended up procrastinating to the yearbook until the bitter end and not breaking it up by months)

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 Attendance Log

I also do not have a need for an attendance log and I can't remember a password to save my life so I turned this page into a list of all of my passwords and usernames!  I have included 4 different versions for you!

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Time Slots

This is perhaps the most life changing freebie I have ever come across - editable schedule headers for the top of each weekly spread!  I simply type my times and print it out on a full sheet label!  I have more groups than time slots, but I can fit two group times can easily fit into one slot.  Thank you to Stephanie from Third Grade Thoughts for this brilliant idea!

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Washi Tape Dividers

This is another great idea from Third Grade Thoughts!  She uses washi tape on the side of the page to section off trimesters.  I change my washi colors by major schedule/group changes.  Washi tape is so much fun so use it in whatever way that  works for you!

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So You Need to Remove a Sticker

This happens to me every….time! I thought that I was carefully applying my monthly stickers, and of course I was not!  So rather that rip up the sticker ruining both it and the page I used Undo!  I first learned about it in my previous life as a scrapbooker.  It works like a charm and never rips the paper!

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