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

A lot of bang for my buck

When I teach graduate courses, I always recommend that teachers front-load their time creating a solid "template," my name for a sort of "model" that they can use over and over again as a "frame," changing the content within.  For example, after many errors, I finally made one functional Card Sort in Desmos; now that… Continue reading A lot of bang for my buck

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

Making Irene Proud (I hope)

Whenever Irene, ever the better half of my brain, and I would do work together with any sort of "skill flavor," Irene would set the bar high.  No simple fill-in-the-blanks for us!  No match and go!  Even in our Edulastic assessments in emergency remote education, when we were far from our kids, with no control… Continue reading Making Irene Proud (I hope)

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UDL visits the dentist

In addition to all the other pieces happening in September 2020 in my life, I also had a dental cleaning scheduled, the first time I had set foot inside a medical-type facility since we went out under COVID in March. Unlike my other regular appointments, such as blood draws, there is no way to avoid… Continue reading UDL visits the dentist

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The Woman Who Changed Her Brain

A few years ago, I bought a copy of The Woman Who Changed Her Brain by Barbara Arrowsmith-Young.  I have held onto it since then, moving it from to-do pile to to-do pile as each summer merged into Christmas vacation became February break, until I finally cracked it open for some inspiration in August 2020.… Continue reading The Woman Who Changed Her Brain

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Using the Hyperdoc as the Foundation for Canvas

After some conversation with the Assabet folks, I settled on Canvas as my LMS, as there is no LMS available for the course through Assabet.  Although I would be able to send documents through Zoom and although Assabet would give me a list of all of the students' emails, I just felt like I needed… Continue reading Using the Hyperdoc as the Foundation for Canvas

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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