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Virtual Education is NOT Remote Emergency Education

One evening in high school, I sat in my room at the old kitchen table that I used as my desk, and I held a knife against the veins in my wrists.  I had read somewhere that cutting them across the veins, or maybe along the veins, would prevent the doctors from being able to… Continue reading Virtual Education is NOT Remote Emergency Education

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

Hello, my name is….

I'm a sucker for that high you get when you build new neural pathways in your brain, when you put yourself in a new situation and there's a little buzz as the neurons reach out to each other, fuse together, make connections, and grow. It's probably not a surprise, in this summer of transition between… Continue reading Hello, my name is….

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Dismantling

On Monday, June 15th, we were allowed back into our classrooms to pack up.  It was like a living time capsule.  I had left my room ready to go....the date (March 12, 2020) carefully updated the day before, agendas written on the boards, the Do Now ready to go, the stacks and stacks and stacks… Continue reading Dismantling

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Building a Culture of Feedback

In the course I taught over the winter, one of the assignments was to develop a feedback tool; I've been asking teachers to think about asking students (or parents or whatever) for feedback since pretty early on in the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) courses I've taken.  Dr. Novak always asked us to think about… Continue reading Building a Culture of Feedback

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Lessons from Remote Learning: Narrow down the Focus

I am writing the draft of this post in week seven of distance/remote instruction here in Massachusetts.  My hope is that sharing these reflections will help me as a colleague figure out what worked and should be replicated, as well as helping other teachers who might be drowning in digital/distance learning.  If we pool and… Continue reading Lessons from Remote Learning: Narrow down the Focus

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Remote Learning (Standard Class)–A Visual Journey

Last week, I published a blog post with a visual overview of the journey my colleague, Irene, and I have taken as we have tried to swim (rather than sink) in this world of digital/remote learning.  Last week's snapshots were all from the Extended class, the one with students who are above grade level; those… Continue reading Remote Learning (Standard Class)–A Visual Journey

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Remote Learning (Extended Class)–A Visual Journey

I'm writing the draft of this blog post, under the watchful eyes of my four cats who have decided 6:32 is definitely time for dinner, at the start of week seven of digital/remote learning here in Massachusetts.  (Technically, we had three weeks of non-graded, no-new-material remote "non-learning," but it was so non-learning that I can't… Continue reading Remote Learning (Extended Class)–A Visual Journey

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Take-aways from the first week of distance learning

At the end of the day, I am just a classroom teacher, trying to figure out how to work with my kids, day after day.  I have never been much for the esoteric side of things, the theories--I'm far more inclined to want practical and immediate applications.  When I write blog posts, I work from… Continue reading Take-aways from the first week of distance learning

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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