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Happy New Year, August 2021

When I sat down to write this blog post, I thought to myself, "I should go check my other Happy New (School) Year blog posts"....imagine my surprise when I couldn't find any! I was pretty sure that I've written posts about coming back around at the start of a new year, but maybe I've written… Continue reading Happy New Year, August 2021

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Inspirations, III

Things I'm reading, listening to, finding interesting, finding challenging... Research Study: Abstract of study Experience of Otherworldly Phenomena (UMass); the complete paper Sensing the presence of gods and spirits across cultures and faithsPodcast: Rough Translation--a recent and intriguing findPodcast: CodeSwitch--still listening....still inspiredArticle: "High Quality IEP Goals" by Christine Penington--I particularly like her question "which skills… Continue reading Inspirations, III

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a gift freely given, again

I am grateful, again, to my co-teacher, Donald Cook, for giving me the opportunity to spend two weeks with his elementary kids in summer school this year. In the time that I was able to be with DJ, and especially with the fourth and fifth graders, I watched the students grow, even in the space… Continue reading a gift freely given, again

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A Lesson in Empathy

When I first began teaching at Parker Charter (Devens, MA), I encountered a phenomenon that was new to me: parents would register their student at the school, but not tell us that the student had an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). We'd spend a few months with the kids, becoming increasingly concerned about performance and achievement,… Continue reading A Lesson in Empathy

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An Experience of True Co-Teaching

I believe strongly in the importance of having high-quality virtual education in order to meet the needs of a wide range of students. That includes, of course, summer school programming as well. At first, I had wanted to teach summer school this year, but it became clear in June that I did not have enough… Continue reading An Experience of True Co-Teaching

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What’s Math Got to Do With It?

Please forgive the indulgence, but this is a different kind of blog post. Over the winter, I read What's Math Got to Do With It?: How Parents and Teachers Can Help Children Learn to Love Their Least Favorite Subject by Dr. Jo Boaler. Where was SO MUCH inspiring that I just collected all of the… Continue reading What’s Math Got to Do With It?

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Using Jamboard to Rethink Vocabulary

I have the honor of working for ten hours this summer with a colleague, Jack Czajkowski, an 8th grade science teacher at Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School. It's an open-ended work assignment and we have been free-range on topics and discussions and working on what catches our eye, but we did work through a full draft… Continue reading Using Jamboard to Rethink Vocabulary

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The Power of Preview

Prior to spring 2021, I didn't think of myself as someone who was a stranger to cancer. After all, my paternal grandfather had died of lymphoma when I was in high school and a good friend had lost her mother when we were both young. Recently, a colleague and friend had successfully ended a bout… Continue reading The Power of Preview

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We all need a sidekick

In mid-February 2021, I took two online professional development trainings in a week. The first was the 6-hour MicroCredential Training called "Building Belonging in Virtual Environments" with the National School Reform Faculty; the second was the Math Leaders Network run by DESE, the Massachusetts State Department of Education. While different in structure and content, both… Continue reading We all need a sidekick

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Templates and Revision: Energy-Saving House

If you have read any of my posts or if you follow this blog, you probably know by now that I love a good "template." You might call a template a "graphic organizer;" I think of them as templates because my goal is to provide a reproducible structure that does not give away answers, but… Continue reading Templates and Revision: Energy-Saving House