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Reflecting on Lessons from Remote Learning

Live (synchronous) classes are important…and so are backup options! When we first began digital learning here in Massachusetts, we were assigned to three sessions per week, two per class, with the expectation that they were live classes over Zoom.  On our team, teachers moved away from that pretty quickly–Science started doing small-group sign-ups on the… Continue reading Reflecting on Lessons from Remote Learning

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Lessons from Remote Learning: Experimentation within Structure

I first started drafting this post as our emergency remote learning wound down in early June.  After a few intense weeks of working to complete a massive project for ASSISTments, I'm now catching my breath and reopening old drafts to see what lessons I had for myself there that are still relevant. There is always… Continue reading Lessons from Remote Learning: Experimentation within Structure

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“I miss school.  Congratulations universe, you win.”

Last week, I shared visual feedback from my Extended classes, the ones that learned 8th grade content during remote emergency learning.  This week, I have included many of the same visual data, alone with some key (or just entertaining) quotes from the students across all classes.  It is interesting to look at the overlaps that… Continue reading “I miss school.  Congratulations universe, you win.”

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Hearing from Students: Distance Learning (Extended)

For the past five or six years, as the year winds down in June, my colleague and I have always created a feedback form for our students.  I think it's important to note that we ask for feedback throughout the year, not just in June.  As a teacher shared in one of my graduate classes,… Continue reading Hearing from Students: Distance Learning (Extended)

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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