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Hyperdocs…then and now

It is always both a gift and an honor to be asked to teach about Universal Design for Learning (UDL).  As much as I love my 7th graders, there is a whole different kind of magic watching my fellow teachers discover the power of UDL for themselves. This blog post is adapted, with permission, from… Continue reading Hyperdocs…then and now

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

“I’m no good at ________”

I often wonder why we spend so much energy trying to have our recent high school graduates decide "what they are going to do for the rest of their lives."  I sincerely hope that other people follow a more direct route than mine, but, for me, my time in school looked like this: get assigned… Continue reading “I’m no good at ________”

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Why we need UDL, part two

I wrote a post a few months ago about a conversation I had with my daughter that reminded me of why we need Universal Design for Learning (UDL)--if we never teach our students and children to become "Expert learners who are purposeful & motivated, resourceful & knowledgable, and strategies & goal-oriented," we will end up… Continue reading Why we need UDL, part two

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Professional Development with a UDL Lens–Specific Guidelines

In an earlier post, I challenged myself to identify the big-picture questions I think drive professional development work that specifically looks at using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to strengthen curriculum.  In this post, I share how some specific UDL Guidelines might look in professional development.  As I thought about the request to discuss how… Continue reading Professional Development with a UDL Lens–Specific Guidelines

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Happy Holidays!

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and new year to come, filled with health, personal growth, and time for reflection. To set the mood, I share this picture of my godfather, who is the living embodiment of the best of this season, regardless of race, religion, or any other division we set between ourselves.… Continue reading Happy Holidays!

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Professional Development with a UDL Lens–Broad View

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I will be presenting at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) in January about the curriculum work my colleagues and I have been doing to make Eureka Math a more viable curriculum for our students.  I have been fortunate to be able to work closely… Continue reading Professional Development with a UDL Lens–Broad View

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Valuing Teacher Expertise

This summer, I had two opportunities to work with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).  Out of conversations came an opportunity for me to share some of the curriculum work I have done with 7th grade math colleagues over the past five years when we have been working with Eureka Math and… Continue reading Valuing Teacher Expertise

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Guest Post: Kristy Coletti

Kristy Coletti is a fifth-grade math teacher at Groton-Dunstable Regional Middle School.  She put together this amazing chart last year for an assignment for the UDL Design Lab course that I co-taught with Dr. Katie Novak during the 2018-2019 school year. What I love most about this chart is that Kristy's work strengthens Eureka, challenges… Continue reading Guest Post: Kristy Coletti

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Organic Opportunities

This is the fifth and last of five blog posts I ended up writing when I was reviewing the exam wrappers from our first Module Assessment of this school year.  For more details, please see the blog post on Partnering with Students for background information if interested. The Power of Exam Wrappers:  Part Five Building… Continue reading Organic Opportunities

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Bridge to the Future

This is the fourth of five blog posts I ended up writing when I was reviewing the exam wrappers from our first Module Assessment of this school year.  For more details, please see the blog post on Partnering with Students for background information if interested. The Power of Exam Wrappers:  Part Four Moving Students Forward… Continue reading Bridge to the Future