With Spring CUE just around the corner, I can already feel the CUE conference buzz. I notice my Twitter feed slowly starting to build up with the #WeAreCUE and #SpringCUE. Colleagues and friends are posting their sessions on Instagram and Facebook. The excitement of new learning and sharing is palpable even if physically distant. With so many amazing sessions and people, there is a treasure trove of knowledge just waiting to be discovered.

For me, finding the right sessions is always important! I typically focus on a strand, a topic, or idea that interests me and attend those sessions across the board. One year, I chose to dive into STEAM, while another year I was just attending sessions on coaching. This year the strand I happen to be focusing on is Primary Learning.

Nothing gets me more excited than seeing my Kinder Rockets begin to read, but with remote learning, this has been particularly challenging. One tool that has helped me overcome this challenge has been Seesaw. Seesaw has allowed me to build activities that students can complete at home with maximum support from me, the teacher. The tools have allowed me to scaffold activities so that pre-readers can participate in these activities without the support from parents. If you want to learn more about building Seesaw activities to support students I hope you’ll join me at my session: Building Seesaw Activities to Support Student Success.

While there are some great strategies and ways to build lessons for student success, I often found my students still need some sort of feedback on activities. While written and verbal feedback may be quick, I found it wasn’t always the most effective. Sometimes the feedback would get lost in the process or sometimes it wouldn’t be visual enough. With some simple “feedback” cards, and the draft feature in Seesaw Plus and Seesaw for Schools. With this workflow in mind, I built the session: Fabulous Feedback with Seesaw & Beyond.

Beyond my two sessions, there are some other great sessions geared toward primary-powered learners. Jennifer Dean will be giving a session to help you “Seesaw Up” your math lessons, as well as Eduprotocols in Seesaw. Amanda Haughs will get your brain juices flowing with incorporating inquiry into K-2 mathematics. Of course, these are just a few of the amazing K-2 sessions. 

So I encourage you to dive into Spring CUE, and find those treasures that will help take your teaching to the next level!

Join Ben on Saturday, March 20th at 7pm PST for his session “Fabulous Feedback with Seesaw & Beyond” and on Sunday, March 21st at 10am PST for “Building Seesaw Activities to Support Student Success.” Register for Virtual Spring CUE today at cue.org/spring!

Ben is a kindergarten teacher in Salinas, California. He is Captain of the Kinder Rockets, which have been featured twice in the NY Times. He is a Google Innovator, Seesaw Certified Educator, and Common Sense Media Ambassador.

About Kristin Oropeza
Kristin is a full-time special education teacher, contract consultant, and educational content writer. She is a Google Certified Teacher (Level 1 and 2), Google Certified Trainer, and MIE Expert for 2020-2021.