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Math Tasks

On Tuesday, 11 June 2019, I spent the day at Worcester Polytechnic Institute at an Institute with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for the Science and Math Ambassador Program 2019.  The Commissioner is challenging teachers to create deep, meaningful tasks (rather than problems) and this Institute was a roll-out with teachers who… Continue reading Math Tasks

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Initial Thoughts: building a goal around vocabulary in math

We're about three weeks away from that last, sad weekend of summer vacation...and my summer partner-in-crime starts back next week already.  I went for a walk last night at 6:45 and it was a bit dark-ish....the end of summer is coming. And that means it's time to start thinking about the start of the new year. … Continue reading Initial Thoughts: building a goal around vocabulary in math

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Structure as support, not suffocation

Last week,  I wrote a blog post about observations from the first few weeks of an online course I am co-teaching about Universal Design for Learning (UDL).  As my co-teacher and I met with our colleagues/peers/participants in initial meetings and online conversations, I heard a lot about the need for variability and choice. Another theme… Continue reading Structure as support, not suffocation

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Deja vu, all over again

A few weeks ago, I started co-teaching a graduate course with a colleague in my district looking at Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Project-Based Learning (PBL).  We started off by having the participants explore a variety of resources and then reflect on where they are at with both UDL and PBL.  They also shared… Continue reading Deja vu, all over again

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How lucky I am, summer edition

I have broken a lot of things this summer.  (I often break things, but rarely on purpose.)  For example, I broke YouTube two mornings in a row in June--I uploaded so many videos in succession for my grant work for ASSISTments that YouTube decided I was a spammer and blocked my account for a solid… Continue reading How lucky I am, summer edition

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Closing the Feedback Loop on a large scale (Part Two)

In last week's blog post, I wrote about the process of getting input from students to set some assessment schedules for the end of the school year.  Once the schedule was in place, we needed to come back to the students to get their feedback.  One thing I was particularly interested in was if the students… Continue reading Closing the Feedback Loop on a large scale (Part Two)

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Closing the Feedback Loop on a large scale (Part One)

I wrote a post this spring about trying to move from feedback to using feedback loops.  In that post, I talked about one particular student and an experience I had with him, but I have also recently had an opportunity to think about closing a loop on a larger scale with all of my students… Continue reading Closing the Feedback Loop on a large scale (Part One)

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How lucky I am

I've had some odd end-of-year school years, but I think this one takes the cake--due to the discrepancies in snow day cancelations between districts, I ended up spending the day before the last day of school at Worcester Polytechnic Institute at a day-long Institute with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for the… Continue reading How lucky I am

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Valuing Student Voice

This year, we have one of the earliest ends of the school year that I can remember, ending with a half-day on June 12th.  Although I am certainly not complaining (ha!), one of the unexpected consequences has been the compression of the end-of-year final work:  MCAS (our state assessment; two days in May); our common… Continue reading Valuing Student Voice

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Creating a Feedback Loop

For a recent Professional Development day, I was asked to facilitate a conversation with colleagues about feedback.  I decided to share my attempt at creating a feedback loop, rather than simply gathering feedback, based on an assignment in a recent graduate course on Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Dr. Novak describes three steps in the… Continue reading Creating a Feedback Loop