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Bridge to the Future

This is the fourth of five blog posts I ended up writing when I was reviewing the exam wrappers from our first Module Assessment of this school year.  For more details, please see the blog post on Partnering with Students for background information if interested. The Power of Exam Wrappers:  Part Four Moving Students Forward… Continue reading Bridge to the Future

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Being a Mirror

This is the third of five blog posts I ended up writing when I was reviewing the exam wrappers from our first Module Assessment of this school year.  For more details, please see the blog post on Partnering with Students for background information if interested. The Power of Exam Wrappers:  Part Three Calling Students Out… Continue reading Being a Mirror

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Mind Meld

This is the second of five blog posts I ended up writing when I was reviewing the exam wrappers from our first Module Assessment of this school year.  For more details, please see the blog post on Partnering with Students for background information if interested. The Power of Exam Wrappers:  Part Two Clarifying the Details… Continue reading Mind Meld

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Partnering with Students

The Power of Exam Wrappers:  Part One In one of the first courses on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) that Dr. Katie Novak taught in our district, she introduced us to exam wrappers.  Since then, I've had the honor of teaching, co-teaching, and serving as a TA in multiple UDL courses and I've seen the… Continue reading Partnering with Students

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My Journey (So Far!) Through Universal Design for Learning

Recently, I got an email from a parent who has come to my class to teach technology courses a few times over the past years; she now has her own classroom (yay!) and was emailing with some questions about my practice.  In thinking about how to answer her, I had to do some soul-searching about… Continue reading My Journey (So Far!) Through Universal Design for Learning

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Academic Cycles–starting over in the fall

I'm enjoying another weekend of days in the 80's here, but I know this won't last--it's one of those last-hurrah New England weekends that makes the humidity of summer worth every second.  Fall has already shown up, a blaze of color starting to creep across the landscape.   And we're back at school, forgetting and… Continue reading Academic Cycles–starting over in the fall

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Taking the Time, Part Two

Last week, I blogged about how we decided to have students consistently access a resource that presents the algorithms for fraction operations so that students are practicing the algorithms with more accuracy.  However, as I sent student after student back to their desk in search of their Fraction Notes, I realized we had another problem… Continue reading Taking the Time, Part Two

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Taking the time, Part One

Two weeks ago, I declared Friday a catch-up day in my Standard (grade-level) math classes.  We had front-loaded a bunch of content....kids were all over the place in terms of material and content...and Math Blasters were due.  I've written about Math Blasters in other posts and they are back with us for another year, a… Continue reading Taking the time, Part One

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The invisibility of disability

This was a rough summer on some fronts.  As always, I work to live with an awareness of how incredibly blessed I am and how unbelievably fortunate a life I have been granted.  I have a job that brings me much joy, a house that I love to come home to and to be in,… Continue reading The invisibility of disability

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Why we need Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

My daughter and I have found a new way to bond:  weekly tacos dinners.  We don't agree on the type (I'm for carne asada; she likes carnitas) or our favorite restaurant (I love the local Zapata and she likes to drive to Worcester for tacos at El Patrón), but, if we could, we'd both have… Continue reading Why we need Universal Design for Learning (UDL)