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Using THIEVES + Seesaw for Student Reflections

Are the Seesaw videos you need to watch piling up? Seesaw seems to be an easy space for students to upload videos for a variety of purposes. If you’re the teacher, though, these can pile up and that pile can become overwhelming. So how can we use Seesaw as a reflection tool versus just a repository for completed assignments?

Here’s one idea.

  1. After students preview an article, they make a video predicting what they will be learning about in that text.
  2. They read the article independently (and discuss in small groups).
  3. Then each student watches her/his/their first video to see if their predictions were on track and to think about what else they learned.
  4. Finally each student makes a second video reflecting on what they learned compared to what they predicted they would learn.

I did this lesson with a group of students.

With 5th grade students in a virtual classroom this fall, the teacher and I introduced THIEVES, a mnemonic for supporting making informed predictions. We asked students to use THIEVES to make predictions about an article and to share their predictions in a short Seesaw video. We provided them with a PowerPoint slide that included some reminders they could reference while they planned for and made the video. (See below.)

Next the students read the article (and discussed in small groups in breakout rooms). Then we asked them to watch this first video to compare what they thought they’d learn about with what they actually learned. We also asked them to reflect on how the mnemonic THIEVES was helpful as a tool for thinking. We provided the slide below as an anchor.

As the teacher for this lesson, I only needed to watch the second set of videos. (I learned quite a bit, identifying teaching points for a follow-up lesson–more on that later.) I was really amazed by the thoughtfulness of the students’ videos–many, many noticed how much they had learned. Watching that first video seemed to be helpful in this process of reflecting.

Below is the PPT slideshow with the two slides plus a THIEVES reminder.

Hope this helps.


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