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How should I set up specialist teachers?

There are a few options for specialist teachers. You should decide which will work best for you based on the age of your students and tech set up. 
 
 
Option 1: Have separate classes for homeroom and specialist teachers. 
  • Pros: Student work is is in separate for each teacher. Teachers can decide their own class preferences, etc. Email sign in students can belong to more than one class, so they join each class and switch between classes in the left sidebar menu just like teachers. 
  • Cons: Class code students will have to sign out of homeroom class and scan into specialist class when they want to add things to the specialist class journal. 
  • If you're using Seesaw for Schools, parents only sign up once and will see all of their child's classes. If you're using Seesaw Free, parents will need to sign up for each class their child is in. 
Option 2: Create one shared class with specialist teachers as co-teachers. Use folders to keep specialist work organized (ex: folders for Art, Science, Tech).  
  • Pros: Students will not need to sign in and out, or remember to switch between classes.
  • Cons: Teachers have to agree on class settings. Students and teachers must remember to use folders to help differentiate which work belongs to each subject and/or needs to be reviewed by each teacher. 
  • How to add a co-teacher to your class.  
Option 3: Specialist teacher creates one large class and names their 'students' after the homeroom/main teacher of the group of student. Works great for library, makerspace, clubs. 
  • Pros: No need to sign in out or switch between classes. Everything is in one big class. 
  • Cons: Students do not have their own journal, but rather it is a shared Class Journal. All parents cannot subscribe to the journal because each 'student' can only have 10 connected family members (but posts can be shared to a class blog if you want to share with a wider audience). 

The simplest option is to create separate classes for specialist teachers and use email sign in for students. However, email sign in for students does not work well for younger students or shared devices. In that case, you should weigh the pros/cons of creating separate classes or one shared class.

Seesaw Free: 10 classes, 2 teachers per class, 100 students per class. 
Seesaw Plus: 25 classes, 5 teachers per class, 100 students per class. 
Seesaw for Schools: 100 classes, 20 teachers per class, 100 students per class. 
 
Parent View
  • If your school is using Seesaw for Schools, parents will see a merged view of all of their child's classes, even if their child is in more than one class. 
  • If you are using the free version of Seesaw or Seesaw Plus, parents will need to subscribe to each class their child is in separately. They can have multiple classes/children on their same account (just tap on profile icon > +Add Journal). 
 
 

 

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