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The two evils

Last week, I shared some observations about my father's handwriting and the ways in which I suspect a lack of educational choices led to his handwriting challenges.  I received two comments from family about the blog post, including one from my father himself, both of which discussed the ways in which writing by hand has… Continue reading The two evils

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Chicken Scratch

  My father is notorious in my family for what we refer to as his chicken-scratching.  He has minuscule handwriting which is cramped, full of incomplete formation of letters, and really just impossible to decipher.  Over the years, he has simply ceased to write by hand, to the point where my mother writes the messages… Continue reading Chicken Scratch

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The Art Lesson

Tomie dePaola has always been one of my favorite authors, children's author or otherwise.  Whenever I am at a book sale or store, I always dig around to see if I can find one of his books.  So thrilled when I recently discovered a new-to-me title at a library book sale, The Art Lesson. What… Continue reading The Art Lesson

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Rethinking Homework

Homework, homework, homework...an on-going battle, the struggle for control of the precious minutes after school, the opportunity to consolidate learning through independent practice, the bane of middle school students.  If there is any area of school that still cries out for some Universal Design for Learning (UDL) love, it's homework.   A first attempt Last… Continue reading Rethinking Homework

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Getting off the Merry-Go-Round

Centers or Stations can be an engaging way to remove yourself from the front of the classroom.  They engage students in a variety of activities without full-class, teacher-led instruction.  Depending on how Centers/Stations are structured, they can be tools to work with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Guidelines and the UDL Progression Rubric to… Continue reading Getting off the Merry-Go-Round

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The Power of Yet

A few months ago, a friend here in town asked for some help with her daughter.  Her daughter, then at the end of 3td grade, has severe ADHD, accompanied by some pretty intense emotional needs that make it difficult for her to be successful in school.  I agreed to do a half hour of tutoring… Continue reading The Power of Yet

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The role of retakes in culture building

I owe any interest I have in using retakes in my math practice to Dr. Katie Novak.  In her courses, I have heard her say, repeatedly, that adults get redos on a lot of things in real life--her classic example was always taking the test for a driver's license.  It's not a one-and-done, one-shot deal...so… Continue reading The role of retakes in culture building

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Tweaks

Last week, I was honored to be invited to discuss bringing a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) lens to some 5th grade math curriculum.  As we talked, I realized that one way to approach revising the format of the curriculum is by making some easy tweaks. Remove timing Teachers in our district have been learning… Continue reading Tweaks

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Returning to the roots

As the new school year begins, new ideas come to the table, from a summer of workshops and other professional development.  In talking with peers about the ideas that come out of this summer work, which might be led by people who are not aware of or not comfortable with Universal Design for Learning (UDL),… Continue reading Returning to the roots

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Changing and Expanding Homework

An excellent starting point in implementing Universal Design for Learning is in adding choice.  With that in mind, I wrote an evaluation goal last year to achieve 100% choice in my class in daily instruction, daily classwork, or homework. With the help of my colleague, Irene Witt, I achieved almost 100% choice just on homework alone. … Continue reading Changing and Expanding Homework