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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

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A new year….

For much of the world, "new year" is a phrase associated with January 1st and fireworks or perhaps with a religious holiday not on our Western calendar.  Being teachers, of course, we always have to do things just a bit differently.  And so I find myself thinking about starting a new year, thinking about reflection,… Continue reading A new year….

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Evolution: the use of templates on assessments

In the course of writing this blog over the past year, I have published more than one post about creating and using templates to support students in class and on assessments (Making Structure Visible, Creation of a Template, and The Power of Templates).  Ironically, the time has come to reflect on a movement in the… Continue reading Evolution: the use of templates on assessments

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UDL and Technology

This summer, I have been lucky enough to co-teach a graduate course on integrating Technology into your Universal Design for Learning practice.  My co-teacher and I approached the course as an opportunity for teachers to "makeover" their work using the UDL Guidelines and UDL Progression Rubric, while also looking at integrating technology. There is a bit… Continue reading UDL and Technology

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Revising to incorporate the UDL Guidelines

I have the honor and pleasure of teaching two graduate courses in Universal Design for Learning (UDL) this summer.  Watching my colleagues take on the challenge of creating and revising their written work in a way that demonstrates understanding of the UDL Guidelines has led me to thinking about summarizing some steps that teachers can take… Continue reading Revising to incorporate the UDL Guidelines