Eureka and Middle School Math · Remote/Digital Learning · UDL in Practice · Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Going Digital…a first stab

I write this blog post as the countdown begins to “going digital” for distance learning in our district on Monday, April 6th.  From the outside, it may look like we aren’t that far from the goal of a school using distance learning….but the reality certainly feels otherwise (and, as I write this draft, we haven’t tried it with the students yet, which is another unknown that keeps us up at night!).

I am no digital learning expert, but I thought it might be useful to share the process my colleague and I have been working through as we have attempted to anticipate how to make this shift successful.  We will organize the work for the week in a hyperdoc.  For the grade-level 7th grade math class, our focus (for now) will be on reviewing power standards, one per week.

The Inspiration:

We started our work with a combination of two sources:  one, our already-established practice of “By the End of” documents and, two, a hyperdoc shared by our 6th grade math colleagues (thanks, Maureen and Steph!).

We liked the timeline that framed the work:

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Each topic offered options for resources and assignments:

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The hyperdoc closed with Extension options:

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First Attempts in 7th Grade:

My 7th grade colleague and I began with one of our “By the End of”-style review documents we usually use for preparation for our State test (MCAS), but it quickly became an unusable mess:

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Irene got it reformatted and cleaned up:

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We included a section on Extensions and a list of requirements/due dates:

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We will also create a series of check-ins….more to come in a future post on that!

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Thanks to my amazing colleagues:  Maureen Connery, Stephanie Cobb, Irene Witt

 

 

 

 

 

 

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