Seesaw for Schools has been a great tool for us at Keystone Elementary and Atkins Elementary. Our students are empowered to share their learning journey with families. Communication between teachers and families is at a level that I've never seen. Parents are able to get content from the classroom directly on their cellphone or in their email. Teaching a child has got to be a TEAM effort between the school, families, and the community. We are as transparent as we've ever been about what is happening in our buildings and how families can help at home. Keystone Elementary's building stats are listed below. It is exciting to think that these numbers will keep growing as students and teachers continue to post and parents continue to engage!
Below are some links to resources we've created around implementation of Seesaw @ Benton CSD.
"What we say to children, as well as how we say it, contributes to their identity and sense of agency, as well as success. The messages that students receive externally become the messages they give themselves."
- Visible Learning for Literacy p. 101
Hattie tells us that feedback is one of the most effective influences that impact learning. Report cards went home last week. The final night of conferences are being held tonight. These two events are opportunities to give feedback on a few different levels. What I am most impressed by is the amount of feedback that gets exchanged on a daily basis. Teachers and students are uploading evidence of student understanding to Seesaw and leaving compliments and suggestions. Parents are able to view these pieces of evidence and leave comments as well. This is on top of the feedback that students receive when they're in classrooms in our buildings.
Below is a document with ideas on sentence starters for feedback, both compliments and suggestions. It is important that our feedback is specific to the behavior or action that we'd like to see repeated. It is also important that students are receiving feedback from multiple people in their lives.
Remember, it is the voices that students hear externally that become the voice in their head.