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Technology Alone Cannot Save the Day

Over the December break, I took a course called "Online by Design" with Dr. Eric Moore, who I had first encountered through a blog post of his, How to Design Effective Canvas Modules. The resource from his course that I found most useful was an EDUCAUSE article called "Universal Design for Learning and Digital Accessibility:… Continue reading Technology Alone Cannot Save the Day

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Desmos CardSort: the intersection of math and vocabulary

I've recently written about how I've used the CardSort option in Desmos to create a vocabulary game for science, pushing the uses of Desmos beyond just math. There are plenty of electronic or online options for creating flashcards, but I like the way Desmos allows me to use the Dashboard, allows me to share with… Continue reading Desmos CardSort: the intersection of math and vocabulary

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Inspirations, II

Things I'm reading, listening to, finding interesting, finding challenging... Resources for Virtual Teaching: Ditch that TextbookArticle: "For schoolchildren struggling to read, COVID-19 has been a wrecking ball"YouTube: The Danger of a Single Story (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)Memoir: Reversed: a memoir; by Lois Letchford--an inspiring storyWeb tool: "The non-profit organization WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind), based at… Continue reading Inspirations, II

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Fundamental and Foundational

Sometimes, we get so busy thinking about how to make co-teaching successful that we forget that any co-teaching, or any teaching of any kind, begins with planning, or, in this case, co-planning. If teachers cannot successfully co-plan, then they cannot realistically prepare a classroom experience in which they are able to co-teach. Plenty of people… Continue reading Fundamental and Foundational

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All the questions I want to ask the doctors…

.....but am afraid they might use as evidence to question my mental recovery: My brain was experiencing inflammation. Does that mean that brain juice squirted out when the surgeon cut the skull? The surgeon describes the tumor as "six centimeters," but also says that it was tubular in shape. Therefore, using a two-dimensional descriptor of… Continue reading All the questions I want to ask the doctors…

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“We interrupt our regularly scheduled broadcast”

On Friday, April 16, 2021, I went into an MRI appointment at 5:00 pm in Worcester, Massachusetts, to see if we could figure out why I had recently been having some increased headache pain and to identify if it was perhaps due to a blood clot from having received the J&J vaccine. I left in… Continue reading “We interrupt our regularly scheduled broadcast”

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Why Jamboard Works

If you have read any of my recent posts about Jamboard, you know that I'm obsessed with it...but haven't been able to put my finger on what, exactly, has felt so enticingly different. I was thrilled to find this blog post by Ben Whitaker that helped define some of what makes Jamboard feel so different.… Continue reading Why Jamboard Works

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Building Templates in a new World

I've often written about templates in my former job as a 7th grade math teacher. Now that I am finally getting my feet under me in my new position (6th grade Special Education), I'm able to start looking ahead a bit and I'm starting to think about how to help my students, now, less so… Continue reading Building Templates in a new World

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Empowerment in Action

One of the few gifts of COVID has been the utter joy of collaborating, sadly long-distance, with former colleagues from past districts. It's magic to open my inbox and find a gift of Desmos or a Jamboard or a Pixel art, a gift of friendship transcending distance and the horror of COVID. The Jamboard here… Continue reading Empowerment in Action

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Returning to Templates

I've written about templates before--I have found them to be powerful tools for removing barriers for students, especially with complex content or, as in this post, with large or long-term projects. With that said, one lesson I learned from Irene Witt, my former math colleague, was that I'm inclined to built a template that I… Continue reading Returning to Templates