Well, Isn't That Clever?!

I'm gonna brag for a second.

I have smart friends.  Really smart.  Very talented.  Extremely CLEVER friends.  And I love to be around them because I have no less than 5,089 "a-ha!!!" moments when I'm with them.

Now let's change gears for just a second before I go braggin' on my clever friends.  I've often been asked how I assess and/or know exactly what my kids are doing when they're working independently in literacy/math stations.  I have a few different things I do, but when my very clever friend, Deedee, told me what she does, I immediately knew I had to change the way I was doing things!

Deedee has the kids take pictures with her iPhone {or was it iPad?!?!} of their hands-on activity to show her what they did!  And just to make sure she knows who's taking pictures of what, she has the kids set out their name/picture cards {the same ones they use for the computer} by their work and then she can scroll through her camera roll and check it at some point during the day just to make sure they did it all!!!  HELLO!!  I LOVE IT!


Here are her kids showing off their work with my CVC puzzles from my Filling in the Gaps packet!  #love



I absolutely LOVE this idea!!!!  Guided reading time is oh so precious.  SO very precious.  And the day seems to go so fast that it can be hard to check everything in great detail.  And, of course, there are always those sweet little friends who like to visit a station for a hot second and tell you they've done it all, but darnit...they're just too quick for you to catch and they fly under the radar.  I know y'all know what I'm talking about.

And I love what a fun little way this is to incorporate technology...I know we do that A LOT!!!!...and get the kids excited about doing their work so they can show off their accomplishments.

#WINNING

Such a CLEVER idea!!  Thank you, Deedee, for sharing!!!

And by request, I finally bundled my CVC and CVCE packets together and you can grab them HERE.



And if you haven't entered to win the fluency bundle of fun from me & Katie, head over now!  There's still time to enter!  3 winners will be announced tomorrow :)

In the meantime, have a GREAT night!!!  

28 comments:

  1. That is a clever idea! I'm not so keen on the kiddos using my iPad or iPhone . . . there's too much personal stuff on it. However, I could have a designated device for them to use. Great idea!

    What I Have Learned

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  2. I'm in LOVE with this idea! Best Idea I've seen lately. I can't wait to implement this tomorrow.

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  3. Such a great idea! I'm pretty sure I have some kiddos who would find a way to include themselves in the picture just for a selfie opportunity. Thanks for sharing this :)

    Melissa
    First Grade Smiles

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  4. What a genius idea! I love it! better save up for some new technology devices now :)

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  5. I have found this extremely helpful as well...I have them take photos but never thought of putting the name card with it. So simple and so much better. Similar idea....I have an app that is a voice memo recorder and after writing center they record their stories. Sometimes I listen, sometimes I don't....but either way I know they are rereading their writing.

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  6. What a brilliant idea!!! So darn smart! Thanks for sharing and Deedee thanks for being such a smart lady!

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  7. And this is why we need to talk to each other and have wonderful blogs like this to support each other!!!!

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  8. Make sure your kids are not so savvy that they scroll through your phone pics and see a selfie of you and your friends toasting another great day!
    m Otherwise a great idea!

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  9. This is an amazing idea! I just shared it with the rest of the 1st grade teachers at my school!

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  10. Super great idea!! I don't have technology like that available at my school, but I do have an old camera with nothing to do... I think I'll have them use their centers badges in the pictures. This is why the world of blogging is so wonderful!!
    Melissa
    Keep Calm and Love First Grade

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  11. That is such a great idea! I always thought that there had to be a better way of keeping track of students' work progress during stations! I will have to use this in my own classroom--sharing ideas in blogging is amazing.

    Brittany

    The Literacy Bug

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  12. I LOVE this idea! Adding the name cards to the pictures is brilliant!
    Create-abilities

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  13. I have been using the Fischer Price cameras for a few years now to show work. They are awesome and so cheap off of ebay. :)

    Erica
    Sprinkles to Kindergarten
    erica_crowder0612@yahoo.com

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  14. This is a great idea!!
    L x
    Http://workingmumy.blogspot.com

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  15. Great suggestion! I love how recording an event with photography helps students "own" their work. Somehow translating their hard work into another medium really leads to a feeling of success. Since I work with kids in my private practice, we sometimes create videos to share with their parents. This might record a readers theater piece or a paragraph they composed. They love it and so do the parents.

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  16. WOW! LOVE...Love...love!!!!! It's one of those ideas..."Why didn't I think of that?!?!" LOL! Thank you so much!

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  17. My littles use my cell phone a lot. They use it for games and for taking pictures. They also use the ipads..never had either broken. They love the independence.
    Sarah
    Teaching Resources for the Classroom Blog

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  18. Love, love, LOVE the idea of having the kids take pictures of their work! Simple, easy and holds the students responsible for showing their work!

    Love to Learn

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  19. Cara! I have been using the "take a picture on my ipad idea" and I love it! I even blogged about it today! I hope you can check it out! I linked back the fabulous idea to you and Deedee! Love your stuff, keep the ideas coming girl!

    Mandi
    MOORE Fun In Kindergarten

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  20. This is such a great idea! I don't know about using my personal phone, but I can definitely see about using an old one!

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  22. That is a a great idea! How about having a buddy record it for them as they describe what they did? My kids loved doing that! It was nice to have that video to share with my principal and literacy coach, too!
    Debbie
    K-2 Teaching Resources

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  23. I love your CVC words activity! I use something similar that I got from FCRR, but these look much nicer. :) I use them a lot during guided reading to help kids have a visual for breaking down sounds in words, as well as blending sounds together.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Bryce
    Second Grade Stampede

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