A reflection tool into the thinking of young minds

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As a Kindergarten teacher, one part I enjoy about my job is listening to the children's wonder, excitement, and their understanding of the world around them. Five and six year olds amaze me with their thinking and the connections they are able to make while learning new material.

NOTE: This is a guest post by our amazing Pioneer Amanda Libby.

I use the Daily 5 model each day in my 5 full-day Kindergarten classroom. One element the students must complete is Listening Center. Before Recap, students would respond through pictures and writing. This was great because it was another opportunity for students to practice and develop their writing skills. The downside was, as Kindergarteners who have just started learning how to write complete sentences, they weren't always able to communicate their complex thoughts through their writing, and it would often involve following up with each individual to get a better understanding of the message they were trying to convey (fingers crossed they could recall what they wrote!).

The kids LOVE using Recap and watching themselves on camera.

Amanda Libby

After teaching colleagues in my district about Recap, one of my teammates suggested using Recap as a reflection tool after listening to a story. Such a perfect idea! Now, I choose the listening center book, record myself asking the students questions, and then let them listen to the question and record themselves. The kids LOVE using Recap and watching themselves on camera. I love watching the short videos and seeing their personalities come through in their responses.

Using Recap, I am much more effective in assigning questions that tie in with the Common Core State Standards.

Amanda Libby

Using Recap, I am much more effective in assigning questions that tie in with the Common Core State Standards such as retelling a story (posed as three questions - what happened in the beginning, what happened in the middle of the story, and how did the story end), making text-to-self connections, and having students identify the story elements of a book. My listening center as an independent practice station is more meaningful now and is a huge time saver. Parents also love seeing the videos posted in Seesaw. Being able to combine Recap and Seesaw helps to build an even stronger connection between school and home by enabling teachers to provide parents with frequent updates so they can see their children's progress in between conferences or report card distributions.

...they can see their children's progress in between conferences or report card distributions.

Amanda Libby

Recap allows teachers of younger and older children to truly see and assess what students comprehend. Video responses help to create more meaningful connections between teachers and students than written responses and make an educator smile in
awe at how their students’ minds work.

About Amanda

Amanda Libby has been teaching for 8 years. She has taught 1st, 3rd, and Kindergarten. Amanda has been a Kindergarten teacher for the last 5 years and enjoys seeing the children’s curiosity and excitement for learning. See her full profile.