Monday, July 31, 2017

Using Seesaw Learning Journals For Student Assessment

I know there are many of us who are using Seesaw Learning Journals as a tool for students to showcase their work and communicate with families. But, did you know it can also be a very powerful resource for student assessment? Yes! It is. And the best part is that you can choose to share the information immediately with parents to strengthen those home-school connections or you can save the information in private folders that you can access for report card information. I personally love sharing the information with parents because then they become partners in their child's education and they know exactly how they are doing and what they should help them with at home. So, how do I do it? Easy. I create my assessments in PowerPoint or Publisher and then save them as JPEG files. I upload the files to my teacher folder and then "copy and edit" a new one for each student! Simple as can be. If I want to share the information with parents then I tag the student and submit it to their journal. If not, I save it to my private folder that parents cannot see (this is a feature of Plus). If you don't have Plus you can do this by simply leaving it in your folder and not tagging students. Another thing I like to do is add a skill to each assessment. Then I can go and see which students are in the same level and can use this information for grouping! It's so easy!! Here's a picture of an assessment at the beginning of the year.
When I want to mark on top of the same assessment I just copy and edit again and choose a different color pen! I also date it with the color so I know when it was assessed. Another way I like to use Seesaw for assessments is to record my students reading and use the information to show parents how they are progressing. I have solid evidence of their reading and I can give specific information for the strategies they need to be working on.

If you'd like to venture into the world of Seesaw Assessments but don't know where to start I have a Seesaw Assessment Pack in my TPT store that will get you started! In this packet you will have JPEG files for upper and lower case recognition, letter sounds, name writing (with and without lines), 2 and 3 dimensional shapes, colors, number recognition and writing and sight words. See the preview below!
 Basic Skills Assessments for Seesaw Learning Journals

I hope you enjoy using this resource. You'll love the ease of using Seesaw for assessment!!

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