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Reflection on the Pendulum Swings

I recently opened a MATSOL e-bulletin and found this article:  English-only extinct. Maybe I've reached a "certain point" in my career, or maybe I've reached a certain age in my personal life, but I feel like the pendulum is swinging back on a number of fronts across various areas of my professional life. When I… Continue reading Reflection on the Pendulum Swings

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UDL Love for English Learners (ELs)

I'm guessing that any reader of this blog knows that I often find myself reflecting on the ways we can find Universal Design for Learning (UDL) popping up in our daily lives, a phenomenon I always find both intriguing and reassuring.  Truly, if UDL speaks so clearly to me across so many areas of real… Continue reading UDL Love for English Learners (ELs)

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Choices, options, structure

As vacation winds down and I attempt to get ahead on blog post drafts before re-entering the fray, I've been looking at notes I've jotted down in the past year and have fleshed some of them out for this blog post. Misconceptions around choice and options Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is not options...it's options… Continue reading Choices, options, structure

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Hyperdocs…then and now

It is always both a gift and an honor to be asked to teach about Universal Design for Learning (UDL).  As much as I love my 7th graders, there is a whole different kind of magic watching my fellow teachers discover the power of UDL for themselves. This blog post is adapted, with permission, from… Continue reading Hyperdocs…then and now

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“I’m no good at ________”

I often wonder why we spend so much energy trying to have our recent high school graduates decide "what they are going to do for the rest of their lives."  I sincerely hope that other people follow a more direct route than mine, but, for me, my time in school looked like this: get assigned… Continue reading “I’m no good at ________”

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Why we need UDL, part two

I wrote a post a few months ago about a conversation I had with my daughter that reminded me of why we need Universal Design for Learning (UDL)--if we never teach our students and children to become "Expert learners who are purposeful & motivated, resourceful & knowledgable, and strategies & goal-oriented," we will end up… Continue reading Why we need UDL, part two

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Professional Development with a UDL Lens–Specific Guidelines

In an earlier post, I challenged myself to identify the big-picture questions I think drive professional development work that specifically looks at using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to strengthen curriculum.  In this post, I share how some specific UDL Guidelines might look in professional development.  As I thought about the request to discuss how… Continue reading Professional Development with a UDL Lens–Specific Guidelines

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Happy Holidays!

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and new year to come, filled with health, personal growth, and time for reflection. To set the mood, I share this picture of my godfather, who is the living embodiment of the best of this season, regardless of race, religion, or any other division we set between ourselves.… Continue reading Happy Holidays!

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Professional Development with a UDL Lens–Broad View

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I will be presenting at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) in January about the curriculum work my colleagues and I have been doing to make Eureka Math a more viable curriculum for our students.  I have been fortunate to be able to work closely… Continue reading Professional Development with a UDL Lens–Broad View

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Valuing Teacher Expertise

This summer, I had two opportunities to work with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).  Out of conversations came an opportunity for me to share some of the curriculum work I have done with 7th grade math colleagues over the past five years when we have been working with Eureka Math and… Continue reading Valuing Teacher Expertise