Eureka and Middle School Math

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

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First Steps in Teaching Teacher-Student Collaboration

As we look at the UDL Progression Rubric, we see that the responsibility for planning shifts more and more to the students as we move to the right on the rubric, towards "Progressing towards Expert Practice."  In some recent blog posts, I have been sharing my thoughts about co-constructing aspects of my practice with my… Continue reading First Steps in Teaching Teacher-Student Collaboration

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Collaborative Revision with Students

I recently had the honor of collaborating with students from my Extended math class to revise the "By the End of" document for linear equation.  As usual, my colleague, Irene, and I had written a "By the End of" for this module, but it just didn't work.  For example, we had lots of additional material… Continue reading Collaborative Revision with Students

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Co-constructing assessment schedules

I have been posting a lot about feedback in the past weeks.  This post looks at a different kind of "talking with kids"--asking the students for their opinions about structuring their assessment schedule.  In general, as teachers, when we think about asking students when they want a test, I think we mostly assume they will… Continue reading Co-constructing assessment schedules

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Reflections on feedback

Before I came to my current school, I taught at a charter school where students and parents were given an anonymous survey each year where they could say anything they wanted about teachers.  Teachers were required to meet with their respective department head to discuss the results and what implications they gave for making change… Continue reading Reflections on feedback