Friday, July 29, 2016

I Wish I Had Thought of That

Welcome to this edition of "I Wish I Had Thought of That"! Looking for some great ideas? Me too. One of the great things about the teacher/educator community is that you can count on someone to come up with an awesome idea. That you get the benefit of without too much brain energy. In this blog, I want to share some gems that I found as we are all gearing up for another school year. Yes, it's that time again. This Blog Is Why it's back to school, but we are not going to sweat the small stuff.

Up first is my favorite one. A "Welcome Back" letter with a technology twist. Here is where I put in a plug for you to use Seesaw. It's FREE to join. And right now you can even try some of their paid features for FREE. Use my link/QR code below to get a free month of Seesaw Plus. You're welcome.

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Even if you don't use Seesaw (but I highly recommend it), you can still have a technology twist by following Jodi Southard's instructions in her "Fun in First" blog. If you need a template, it's there. Not sure how to get a QR code? It's there. Not sure what recording app to use. You guessed it. There. Or you could just use your Seesaw account. And it's a great way to introduce your parents and students to this great tool that you can use throughout the year.

Welcome Back Letter with a Twist

While we're on the subject of QR codes, here is another ingenious idea for making that first conversation about rules more memorable and engaging. We like engaging, right? This comes from Christy Crawford via Scholastic. All you need is a QR code reader and QR codes that she has created for you. Then, let the games and conversations begin. If you have younger students that are not readers yet, you use a QR voice option. Once again, you can incorporate Seesaw into your rules scavenger hunt if you want to use your own voice to record the rules. Of course, Seesaw generates a QR code for you to use. Happy Scanning!


Finally, I will leave you with these money-saving and time-saving finds from We Are Teachers:
Dollar Store Hacks

Unexpected School Supply List

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