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All the questions I want to ask the doctors…

.....but am afraid they might use as evidence to question my mental recovery: My brain was experiencing inflammation. Does that mean that brain juice squirted out when the surgeon cut the skull? The surgeon describes the tumor as "six centimeters," but also says that it was tubular in shape. Therefore, using a two-dimensional descriptor of… Continue reading All the questions I want to ask the doctors…

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“We interrupt our regularly scheduled broadcast”

On Friday, April 16, 2021, I went into an MRI appointment at 5:00 pm in Worcester, Massachusetts, to see if we could figure out why I had recently been having some increased headache pain and to identify if it was perhaps due to a blood clot from having received the J&J vaccine. I left in… Continue reading “We interrupt our regularly scheduled broadcast”

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Why Jamboard Works

If you have read any of my recent posts about Jamboard, you know that I'm obsessed with it...but haven't been able to put my finger on what, exactly, has felt so enticingly different. I was thrilled to find this blog post by Ben Whitaker that helped define some of what makes Jamboard feel so different.… Continue reading Why Jamboard Works

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Building Templates in a new World

I've often written about templates in my former job as a 7th grade math teacher. Now that I am finally getting my feet under me in my new position (6th grade Special Education), I'm able to start looking ahead a bit and I'm starting to think about how to help my students, now, less so… Continue reading Building Templates in a new World

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Empowerment in Action

One of the few gifts of COVID has been the utter joy of collaborating, sadly long-distance, with former colleagues from past districts. It's magic to open my inbox and find a gift of Desmos or a Jamboard or a Pixel art, a gift of friendship transcending distance and the horror of COVID. The Jamboard here… Continue reading Empowerment in Action

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Returning to Templates

I've written about templates before--I have found them to be powerful tools for removing barriers for students, especially with complex content or, as in this post, with large or long-term projects. With that said, one lesson I learned from Irene Witt, my former math colleague, was that I'm inclined to built a template that I… Continue reading Returning to Templates

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Jamboard Feedback

My latest obsession is Google Jamboard. Although I still haven't quite been able to put my finger on what makes it different, not quite just PearDeck-plus-Slides and not quite just anything else, I know that the "feel" of using it in class has led to a high level of engagement from the students, which is… Continue reading Jamboard Feedback

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Empowering for Independence and Engagement

I joined the teaching staff of a virtual school at the very end of August 2020. My previous district had been a Google Apps for Education (GAFE) district and Google Classroom followed us into the brave new world of remote education under COVID. I created daily posts in Classroom, expected my students to work together… Continue reading Empowering for Independence and Engagement

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To Space and Beyond

Part of my work this year at my new school is to support any teacher who is looking for help with implementing Universal Design for Learning (UDL). It has been a pleasure to work with Jack Czajkowski (8th grade science) and his student teacher, Chrystal Zajchowski. This vocabulary Jamboard, designed by Chrystal, is just gorgeous:… Continue reading To Space and Beyond

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Co-Teaching: moving beyond the six models

I struggle with some of the co-planning models, or maybe with the overall/underlying assumption inherent in co-planning models, that seems to say that the goal is for both teachers to be equal in all aspects of the teaching.  I think the teachers should be equally valued, equally heard, equally able to give input, equally engaged… Continue reading Co-Teaching: moving beyond the six models