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Talking with students: homework checkins

Over vacation (remember vacation?  How far away it seems!), I spent some time reading Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn by Mike Anderson.  In the section titled "Teaching Honest Self-Assessment," the author offers some suggestions for ways to help students improve their skills with self-assessment.  One that spoke to me was "[c]oach students individually" (pg. 66),… Continue reading Talking with students: homework checkins

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Of brains and Bunsen burners

The strange assumption that a group's distribution of measurements could safely be substituted for an individual's distribution of measurements was implicitly accepted by almost every scientist who studied individuals, though most of the time they were hardly conscious of it.  (Todd Rose, The End of Average, pg. 62) High school biology was a disaster.  I… Continue reading Of brains and Bunsen burners

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Professional “Self-Care”

I entered undergraduate as a theater major.  Within a semester, I had switched to English.  But then I wanted to add an Econ minor.  I didn't add Econ, but I did add math as a minor.  And then I added Spanish.   My advisor asked me one time if I was planning to take any… Continue reading Professional “Self-Care”

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“Progressing Towards Expert Practice”

One of the things I most appreciate about having the opportunity to teach, co-teach or be an assistant for a course on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is that my (adult) students ALWAYS push me to go further in my own practice with my 7th graders.  This week, when I was reading student work on the… Continue reading “Progressing Towards Expert Practice”

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Crisis and Resiliency

I recently started co-teaching a course on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) with Dr. Katie Novak, our assistant superintendent and international UDL guru.  The course began with a self-reflection on UDL and, in reading over the submissions, I saw many students (teachers) reflecting on how their school experiences might have been different if they had… Continue reading Crisis and Resiliency

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Getting it “just right”

Raise your hand if you've ever been at a staff meeting or professional development or in a training and someone asked you to read something in real time, maybe an article or something online.  They always say, "once everyone has read it, we'll all come back together," right?  What happens? Some of the people finish… Continue reading Getting it “just right”

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Engagement 7.1 and 7.2

I have spent some time this week diving back into the Universal Design for Learning  Progression Rubric.  What sparked this blog post was a conversation I had with a student this week who was showing me the work she had completed for homework the night before a Module Assessment (unit test).  She had prepared for… Continue reading Engagement 7.1 and 7.2

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Empowering By the End of….

In May 2018, I wrote notes for myself about a blog post talking about using the "By the End of" approach to organizing content used for cumulative review for a year-end assessment.  Since then, my colleague and I have used this format consistently across both of our levels of math, for all core content.  In… Continue reading Empowering By the End of….

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Thanksgiving

It's the last hours of Thanksgiving break and I'm thinking about the transition back to school.  I was busy on Thursday breaking a plate, spilling a half gallon of water on the hardwood floor, burning the sides, and undercooking the turkey, so there was no post last week.  But I am still grateful for so… Continue reading Thanksgiving

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Compliance

I have very few good stories to share about my trips to the dentist and the doctor, but I do love to share the story about how my primary care physician, who has now been my doctor for about 17 years, told me I was experiencing issues with my blood pressure because I was "too… Continue reading Compliance