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Writing a “By the End of”

At this point in the school year, as we head into April vacation, my colleague and I have written and planned most of the "By the End of" sheets we need.  But, especially in our Extended class, sometimes we find something else we need to design.  Since we just found two, one on using median… Continue reading Writing a “By the End of”

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Munchkins

When I first started teaching in a public school in the US, I used my newly minted ELL/ESL degree to land a job teaching both ESL and math in the ELL program at a local middle school.  I had six students in each class, my classroom was a former teacher lounge on the fourth floor… Continue reading Munchkins

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Reflecting on Feedback–freedom and independence

As I read over the student comments on a survey we recently gave about our math classes, one theme in the responses, or a pair of similar themes, stood out to me--"freedom" and "independence." We began with a simple question: When I read through the responses, a selection of which are copied here below, the… Continue reading Reflecting on Feedback–freedom and independence

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Reflecting on Feedback–small group reteaching

Last week, I wrote about my experiences looking at student feedback to a survey my colleagues and I administered to all of our math students.  One question we asked was the following: Across all classes, without exception, 100% of the students said yes. At first, I was excited about this.  It's pretty cool to get… Continue reading Reflecting on Feedback–small group reteaching

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Reflecting on Feedback–following up with the students

Last week, my colleague and I took advantage of the opportunity of being out for Professional Development to FINALLY get around to leaving our students a survey to take about their experiences in our math classes this year.  Of course, we get feedback on Module Assessments on the exam wrappers, but we asked other questions… Continue reading Reflecting on Feedback–following up with the students

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The Side Hustle

I first started thinking about this blog post when I read this article about employees having a side hustle.  Coming from a family where my mother, in particular, specialized in part-time jobs, with an all-time high of seven at one point, it never seemed odd to me that I might do more than one job… Continue reading The Side Hustle

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Talking to kids: a route to self-reflection

As practitioners striving to implement Universal Design for Learning, we return again and again to the UDL Progression Rubric to guide and inspire our teaching choices.  One area I think about a lot is about having reflective conversations with students.  How to do that?  What I have come to think, more and more, is that… Continue reading Talking to kids: a route to self-reflection

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Recycling and Choice

I'm writing this post as our February vacation comes to an end, nearly two months after I first ready Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn by Mike Anderson...and I'm still inspired by quotes and passages from the book.  Although we now know that only adding choice, without taking it further, is only Emerging on the UDL… Continue reading Recycling and Choice

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Cultural shifts with retakes–the teacher side

I've written before about the cultural shifts in the classroom my math colleagues and I have made over the last few years with regard to retakes--I think the best way to describe the journey is to say that we went from never allowing retakes to reluctantly trying them out to embracing them fully.  I don't… Continue reading Cultural shifts with retakes–the teacher side

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Where to Begin?

For many of us in New England (or at least in Massachusetts), today was the first full day of February vacation.  I'm looking forward to a week of being able to plan my days a bit more on my own schedule, to sleeping in well past my usual 4:15 wake-up, and to moving my head… Continue reading Where to Begin?