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One week down in the brave new world of distance learning

At the time I am writing this post, it's the end of the first week of distance learning, Friday night of the first week of our emergency transition to online education.  While I won't publish this post until well into May, when the world will, once again, be a whole new place, I thought it… Continue reading One week down in the brave new world of distance learning

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Going Digital–A First Stab at Teaching New Content

In 7th grade, we teach two levels of math, a grade-level class (Standard) and a class that covers some additional 8th grade content (Extended).  I have written two posts already about how we took some first stabs at transitioning to digital/virtual teaching.  The posts I have written before focused on our first week of work… Continue reading Going Digital–A First Stab at Teaching New Content

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Going Digital–the check-in version

Last week, I shared images of our first digital learning hyperdoc in progress.  I promised an additional post on how we were going to check in on the work as the students moved through it. We have access to a variety of tools in our district; we decided to use a combination of Edulastic (for… Continue reading Going Digital–the check-in version

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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… Continue reading Going Digital…a first stab

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Revising my Practice with UDL–Guest Blog by Christine Ashton, GCVS

I think my two biggest takeaways from learning about Universal Design for Learning are that hyperdocs are amazing and that choice is incredibly important. Thinking about assignments in terms of hyperdocs really forced me to get more creative. As a result, I've reworked a few assignments to make them a lot more engaging and interesting… Continue reading Revising my Practice with UDL–Guest Blog by Christine Ashton, GCVS

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Advice on Transitioning to Teaching in a Virtual/Digital Age

Very, very few of us teach in a virtual-only or digital-only setting; it's the exception, not the norm. Or, I should say, it used to be the exception!   I have had the amazing good fortune to work with teachers and some administrative staff at the Greenfield Virtual Commonwealth School (GCVS) this school year.  When… Continue reading Advice on Transitioning to Teaching in a Virtual/Digital Age

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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