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Scaling up Hyperdocs

Over the summer, I applied to teach in adult education, which I haven't done for a few years, at Assabet After Dark, teaching the TEAS test.  I won't be teaching the course until November, but I am using my time in August to prepare the material.  I've never taught the class, I've never taken the… Continue reading Scaling up Hyperdocs

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Redefining “Barriers” with Attention to Intention

Dr. Katie Novak has always reminded us that Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is about "firm goals, flexible means."  When we combine that with the content standards, we begin to see how we can provide choice that does not disintegrate into chaos, choice where we spend a lot of time worrying about whether all choices… Continue reading Redefining “Barriers” with Attention to Intention

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When School LMS Fail our Students

Even before we faced the challenge of going digital in a world of COVID-19, I doubt my school was alone in taking on the challenges of the changing politics around gender and identity.  In particular, I have been thinking about the challenges around gender identity and naming as we taking teaching in a digital world… Continue reading When School LMS Fail our Students

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Becoming “Choice Ninjas”

On the last day of school in June 2020, such that it was, various kids dropped in to office hours to chat and say goodbye.  I took advantage of the time to ask them about their thoughts about next year.  Yes, we had done a formal survey and I've gone through it and have written… Continue reading Becoming “Choice Ninjas”

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Fighting Hard for Choice

I have often written, both on this blog and in feedback on work submitted in my graduate courses on Universal Design for Learning (UDL), about the power of choice.  I carry Dr. Katie Novak's voice in my head, pointing out that we expect to be able to go to buy coffee and to be able… Continue reading Fighting Hard for Choice

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A Time for Learning and Growth

Districts and schools must be prepared to be flexible and ready to pivot if circumstances change significantly. For this reason, districts and schools must plan not only for in-person learning, but also hybrid learning models (in which students learn in-person for some of the time and remotely for some of the time), and also full… Continue reading A Time for Learning and Growth

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

Reflecting on Lessons from Remote Learning

Live (synchronous) classes are important…and so are backup options! When we first began digital learning here in Massachusetts, we were assigned to three sessions per week, two per class, with the expectation that they were live classes over Zoom.  On our team, teachers moved away from that pretty quickly–Science started doing small-group sign-ups on the… Continue reading Reflecting on Lessons from Remote Learning

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

Lessons from Remote Learning: Experimentation within Structure

I first started drafting this post as our emergency remote learning wound down in early June.  After a few intense weeks of working to complete a massive project for ASSISTments, I'm now catching my breath and reopening old drafts to see what lessons I had for myself there that are still relevant. There is always… Continue reading Lessons from Remote Learning: Experimentation within Structure

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Living our Convictions

My godmother just had her 80th birthday (via Zoom).  I celebrate her choice to live her convictions and thank her for modeling that in my life, making and carrying signs weekly, even in a tornado warning.  Her actions help stand against the picture and statistics we see here: I apologize that I don't know how… Continue reading Living our Convictions

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“I miss school.  Congratulations universe, you win.”

Last week, I shared visual feedback from my Extended classes, the ones that learned 8th grade content during remote emergency learning.  This week, I have included many of the same visual data, alone with some key (or just entertaining) quotes from the students across all classes.  It is interesting to look at the overlaps that… Continue reading “I miss school.  Congratulations universe, you win.”