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

Remote Learning (Standard Class)–A Visual Journey

Last week, I published a blog post with a visual overview of the journey my colleague, Irene, and I have taken as we have tried to swim (rather than sink) in this world of digital/remote learning.  Last week’s snapshots were all from the Extended class, the one with students who are above grade level; those students were doing new content from the first week we were allowed to teach and grade.

This week, I’m including snapshots of the work we did with our Standard classes, our grade-level students.  With them, we did five weeks of review, one week of Distributive Property (introduced in 6th grade, but not the way it is taught in the 7th grade standards), and ended with two weeks of brand-new content (probability) that the kids had no prior academic experience with.


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Week One (Standard):  We used Edulastic twice, once for a pre-assessment and once for a Topic Quiz.  We quickly dropped the practice of using the same application twice in one week–it added a layer of complication we could avoid by using a mix of applications.


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Week Two (Standard):  We had the pre-assessment listed separately from the other graded work–this would change in the coming weeks as we got more streamlined.


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Week Three (Standard):  This was the week we figured out that you can use Google Forms as a Quiz, so we switched to Google Forms for the first graded assignment each week.  We also dropped it as a pre-assessment:  we now open the Check-In as classes end on Monday for students to take immediately following their first look at the content.


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Week Four (Standard):  This was the week Irene had the brainstorm that we should put all the Graded Work up at the top of the hyperdoc.


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Week Five (Standard):  We tried Padlet as a reflection option this week.  It wasn’t the most effective, even with some a-ha moments (i.e., setting it up as a shelf allows you to bypass the annoying thing where every new piece of text rearranges the whole screen).


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Week Six (Standard):  This was the first week we had used IXL during class time.  It was GREAT.  We could monitor what work students were doing and continue to touch base with them–we kept them all in Zoom with volume off.  We will definitely use this option again in the future!


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Weeks Seven and Eight (Standard):  These two weeks introduced us to some new approaches.  One, we used the Edpuzzle during class as a way to introduce the content, since we couldn’t figure out how to effectively show coin flipping and other probability tools AND record the results.  Due to scheduling, we would not see students for four days, so we also added a required Edpuzzle on Tuesday, a non-teaching day for us (office hours only).

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