Personalized Literacy Centers in the Kindergarten Classroom


By Kelly Servant (Hugh Cole Elementary School) The Strategy Key Points: These learner driven literacy centers are tailored to the students needs, strengths, and interests.Students are expected to take ownership of their learning when they are in their centers. Students progress at own pace.Each of the groups is personalized based upon the needs of that … Continue reading Personalized Literacy Centers in the Kindergarten Classroom

Personalized Writing Workshop in 5th Grade


Fifth grade students are expected to write focused, research reports that teach and engage readers. Through this Lucy Calkins Writing Unit, students are instructed a variety of techniques to implement in their own writing. What makes this unit personalized for our students is that the instructional process is both learner centered and learner driven.

Creating Student Ownership During Read to Self Time: Student Success using Flipgrid and NewsELA


This year, Grade 3 students at Hugh Cole Elementary School used NewsELA and FlipGrid to strengthen their reading during read to self. The goal was to help me ensure that students are indeed using independent reading time for the purpose it is meant for, and it also helps me see where students are at with their reading skills and goals at various levels.

Digital and Personalized Learning Updates: Virtual Tours, EdTech for Formative Assessment, Google Classroom Mobile, and More


Leveraging Virtual Tours in the History Classroom We all strive to help history come alive for our students.  One proven strategy is to have students engage in experiences that put them right in the action, whether it’s ancient ruins of great civilizations or those more aligned with modern historical developments.  The constraint that we face, … Continue reading Digital and Personalized Learning Updates: Virtual Tours, EdTech for Formative Assessment, Google Classroom Mobile, and More

Making Time for Social Emotional Learning


It's been a bit more than a year since RIDE adopted Social Emotional Learning Outcomes for all Rhode Island students. While time never seems to be on our side, making time for social emotional learning needs to be a priority not only for students in our district, but in every school across the United States.

Reflecting on Writing Using Seesaw

By Renee MacDougall and Kelly Brum This year we started to feel like we, the teachers, were doing all the heavy lifting during our writing conferences with students. So when it was time to begin a new unit on opinion writing, we decided to try to shift more of the responsibility to our students. (making … Continue reading Reflecting on Writing Using Seesaw

Personalizing Instruction in the K Classroom

By Kelly Servant (@servantk1) Using Seesaw in the classroom has helped students, their families and myself to easily look at students' growth over time.  Students are able to choose work that they are proud of (wow work) to put into their portfolio. As the year progresses, the students and their families are able see how … Continue reading Personalizing Instruction in the K Classroom

Communicating with Colleagues – Seesaw Style

By Vanessa Cronan, Nicole Galipeau, Jessica O'Neill, Laura Berard & Sarah Thurber Problem:  How can we find an efficient way to communicate with our colleagues examples of students’ digital learning? From teachers sharing videos of student success, to students using technology to showcase and celebrate learning moments, technology within the classroom setting can take on … Continue reading Communicating with Colleagues – Seesaw Style