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Thoughts as the World Goes up in Flames

For my friends and colleagues who teach in virtual settings, the education world is a much less strange place right now than it is for those of us trying to imagine (or trying to transition) to a virtual reality from a teaching world that generally involves lots of face time with our kids.  On that… Continue reading Thoughts as the World Goes up in Flames

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Putting the “Fun” back in Functional–Guest Post by Jenny Plant, GCVS

I've been working at a virtual school for several years now as a special educator of middle schoolers.  I've used countless websites to engage kiddos.    I tried my hand at a Hyperdoc for the first time a few weeks ago in an effort to incorporate more UDL strategies in my classroom. I didn't know what… Continue reading Putting the “Fun” back in Functional–Guest Post by Jenny Plant, GCVS

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The Power of Data Collection: Feedback on Small-Group Instruction

In this final post reflecting on data from a survey and from an exam wrapper, I focus on feedback specific to the practice of providing content instruction in the form of small group instruction rather than full-class lessons.   Take-Away #4:  Providing the majority of my content instruction in the form of small-group instruction is… Continue reading The Power of Data Collection: Feedback on Small-Group Instruction

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The Power of Data Collection: Student Reflections

As a teacher, I'm always poking at my practice, thinking about what I can do differently, hopefully better, maybe more efficiently while also more effectively.  For the past three weeks, I've been sharing data from a survey and an exam wrapper, reflecting on the patterns I see.  This week, I gathered direct quotes, generally as-is… Continue reading The Power of Data Collection: Student Reflections

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The Power of Data Collection: Small Group Instruction Checklists

For the past two weeks, I have been sharing reflections on the power of data collection in various forms.  When I started teaching in small groups, rather than in a full-class instruction mode, I realized I needed a quick-and-dirty method of data collection.  To that end, I print copies of student lists from our Student… Continue reading The Power of Data Collection: Small Group Instruction Checklists

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The Power of Data Collection: WIN Block

Last week, I posted about ways I respond to student feedback on Exam Wrappers and surveys.  In addition to that direct feedback, I also gather data weekly on student activities during WIN (What I Need) block. A huge part of why I want data is to cover myself.  In the data-driven culture currently in vogue,… Continue reading The Power of Data Collection: WIN Block

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The Power of Data Collection: Responding to Feedback

As a teacher, I think I frequently operate on instinct.  That noise in the hallway that just isn't quite right, the kid who looks a little "off" today, the homework completion pattern that has changed...whether we are born with it or develop it, good teachers begin to use a bit of ESP in their interactions… Continue reading The Power of Data Collection: Responding to Feedback

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Reflection on the Pendulum Swings

I recently opened a MATSOL e-bulletin and found this article:  English-only extinct. Maybe I've reached a "certain point" in my career, or maybe I've reached a certain age in my personal life, but I feel like the pendulum is swinging back on a number of fronts across various areas of my professional life. When I… Continue reading Reflection on the Pendulum Swings

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UDL Love for English Learners (ELs)

I'm guessing that any reader of this blog knows that I often find myself reflecting on the ways we can find Universal Design for Learning (UDL) popping up in our daily lives, a phenomenon I always find both intriguing and reassuring.  Truly, if UDL speaks so clearly to me across so many areas of real… Continue reading UDL Love for English Learners (ELs)

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Choices, options, structure

As vacation winds down and I attempt to get ahead on blog post drafts before re-entering the fray, I've been looking at notes I've jotted down in the past year and have fleshed some of them out for this blog post. Misconceptions around choice and options Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is not options...it's options… Continue reading Choices, options, structure