Organization with Seesaw Folders

My name is Stacey Shapiro. I am a 1st Grade Teacher at Zilker Elementary. This is my 23rd year teaching in AISD, fifth year as our campus CIC. I am also a BrainPOP Certified Educator and a Seesaw Ambassador. I am also an Early Childhood Curriculum Writer, having the opportunity to write Seesaw lessons for the district. I am very passionate about Seesaw and have written my three previous blog posts on various aspects of Seesaw.

I have learned it’s never too late to implement new routines! And with virtual learning, there are a lot of new routines to try out!

I love to be organized and I know that sometimes it takes time to set organization routines in place, but they almost always pay off! Recently I was trying to figure out how my students would know which Seesaw activities they must do each day and for which area (Reading, Math, SEL or Big Ideas). At first, I took time to take screenshots of each activity to put into my BLEND module for that day. For example, the Seesaw Must Do activities for one day in Math were:

It was time consuming, but I wanted things to be easily accessible for students. Also, as I began getting to know my students, I wanted to differentiate the activities that I was assigning, especially in reading and math. All of my students wouldn’t be accessing the same activities. Therefore, I needed to transition to something easy for them to understand, and hopefully less time consuming for me.

I knew folders were an option in Seesaw. I used them a bit in the Spring. Folders are different from Collections. Collections are inside of your Activities Library and you can create up to 10 Collections to sort your activities. Students do not see what collection(s) activities are in. Folders are visible to students. Students, family members, and the teachers can use folders to sort activities to complete or view. You can create up to 100 folders, if desired.

When I created my folders, I color coded them to match my BLEND (I had changed the shade of blue and green from the AISD Blueprints). I also used to add the same emoji that I had at the top of my BLEND pages.

Now, instead of adding screenshots of each activity, I have something like this for each subject:

I have had excellent feedback from parents. One parent said now she feels like her son can find the activities he needs to complete on his own. Please note, it is important to model these steps with the students until they can do it on their own. When assigning an activity, you have the option of assigning it to a folder. First tap “Assign” and then “Edit Students, Folders, Skill.” Here is where you can change who you are assigning the activity to, what folder to put it in, and what skills to add. After tap the green check and then tap assign or schedule.

When I am ready to approve activities, I tap “review”, then the folder icon, select the one you want to view, and then all of the activities that haven’t been reviewed yet in that folder will appear to the left.

I can also tap on Activities, Assigned to Class, the folder icon and see right away which students have or have not completed an activity. It will also indicate if they have started it and it’s in draft mode or if it’s waiting to be approved.

There is also a Private/Teacher Only folder on the top. I use this folder when I do not want their activity to end up in their journal for family members to see. For example, I used this when I administered my SLO (Student Learning Object).

If you are just getting started with Seesaw or with folders, here are some other articles on this topic from the Seesaw Help Center:

How Do I Use Folders?
How Do I View Student Work By Folder?

How Do I Use the Private Teacher Folder and Private Notes?

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