Primary Preoccupation

A grade one teacher inviting the world into her classroom

Primary Preoccupation - A grade one teacher inviting the world into  her classroom

About Me

I am a grade one teacher for Prairie South Schools in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada. Since 2005, I have had a classroom blog and blogs for each of my students. On the classroom blog, I share classroom happenings through pictures and video showing what the students are learning.  My students’ blogs have developed into online portfolios, showcasing their learning in writing, reading, math, science, social studies and health.  They use drawings, screencasts, podcasts and videos to help convey their ideas.We also use wikis or google docs to collect information that will help our learning. We regularly use Skype to connect with other classrooms, friends or experts who can help to answer our questions.  I use a constantly changing list of other online tools as they are appropriate in my classroom as well as Nintendo DS and recently, a class set of iPads.
As I learn more about how my students learn, I am always changing the way I teach. Currently, I am using a modified version of the Daily 5 for literacy, a problem-solving approach in math and PBL (passion or problem-based-learning) for health, science and social studies.
In addition to blogging here, I also contribute to the Voices from the Learning Revolution blog and do occasional presentations.

This video explains some of the transformation that has happened in my classroom.

I have been fortunate to win several awards, including the Canadian Innovative Teacher Award from Microsoft, the Canadian Regional Award for Reading and Technology from the International Reading Association, the Kay L. Bitter Award from ISTE and a Best in Class Award from Best Buy Canada.
  • Robyn Thiessen says:

    My class is looking for a class to Skype and blog with….do you know of anyone that might be interested? We are in Surrey, B.C..
    Robyn Thiessen

    February 8, 2012 at 6:11 am
    • Kathy Cassidy says:

      Are you on Twitter, Robyn? If so, I would just ask via Twitter, using the hashtag #3rdchat. Another option is to go to where you can search for classrooms of a similar level. If you aren’t on Twitter, I would happily tweet that for you. Just send me your email address and I’ll privately give it to anyone who responds. (kathy[at]

      February 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm
      • Robyn Thiessen says:

        Thanks Kathy,

        My email is My twitter name is robynthiessen. I have a class blog at and I just recently began a personal blog at Thanks for the advice,I will definitely check out the 3rdchat hashtag.

        February 27, 2012 at 2:26 am
  • fasiha tauqir says:

    Dear kathy,
    I also want to join you.I am an early years teacher and want to get help you.
    Please contact me through e-mail.I don’t have skype ID right now.

    December 7, 2013 at 1:49 am
  • Ann Staman Hollingworth says:

    Hello, Kathy Cassidy,

    Thank you so much for sharing all the amazing things you do with your 1st graders. Also congratulations on your awards and your book(s).

    I am a retired Reading Recovery/guided reading/classroom teacher and author of leveled readers. My books have just come out as ebooks, and I am trying to find everything I can about teaching reading to 1st graders with ebooks. Your website has been a huge help.

    Best to you, and thanks again,

    Ann Staman Hollingworth

    October 27, 2014 at 9:11 am
  • Shannon Strole says:

    Hello Kathy! I’m attending a Solution Tree conference in Spring, TX and am in Will Richardson’s session who mentioned your blog. Imagine my great surprise to discover you are a fellow Moose Javian! I was born and raised in Moose Jaw and lived there until I married to a Texan but return every summer. I about fell out of my chair-no one is ever from Moose Jaw. Great job on all that you do! Keep up the amazing work. I’d love to set up a Skype between classes one day.

    June 12, 2015 at 9:23 am
    • Kathy Cassidy says:

      Small world! We’d love to Skype with you.

      June 12, 2015 at 6:19 pm

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