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The Power of Data Collection: Feedback on Small-Group Instruction

In this final post reflecting on data from a survey and from an exam wrapper, I focus on feedback specific to the practice of providing content instruction in the form of small group instruction rather than full-class lessons.   Take-Away #4:  Providing the majority of my content instruction in the form of small-group instruction is… Continue reading The Power of Data Collection: Feedback on Small-Group Instruction

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The Power of Data Collection: Student Reflections

As a teacher, I'm always poking at my practice, thinking about what I can do differently, hopefully better, maybe more efficiently while also more effectively.  For the past three weeks, I've been sharing data from a survey and an exam wrapper, reflecting on the patterns I see.  This week, I gathered direct quotes, generally as-is… Continue reading The Power of Data Collection: Student Reflections

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The Power of Data Collection: Small Group Instruction Checklists

For the past two weeks, I have been sharing reflections on the power of data collection in various forms.  When I started teaching in small groups, rather than in a full-class instruction mode, I realized I needed a quick-and-dirty method of data collection.  To that end, I print copies of student lists from our Student… Continue reading The Power of Data Collection: Small Group Instruction Checklists

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The Power of Data Collection: WIN Block

Last week, I posted about ways I respond to student feedback on Exam Wrappers and surveys.  In addition to that direct feedback, I also gather data weekly on student activities during WIN (What I Need) block. A huge part of why I want data is to cover myself.  In the data-driven culture currently in vogue,… Continue reading The Power of Data Collection: WIN Block

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The Power of Data Collection: Responding to Feedback

As a teacher, I think I frequently operate on instinct.  That noise in the hallway that just isn't quite right, the kid who looks a little "off" today, the homework completion pattern that has changed...whether we are born with it or develop it, good teachers begin to use a bit of ESP in their interactions… Continue reading The Power of Data Collection: Responding to Feedback

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Choices, options, structure

As vacation winds down and I attempt to get ahead on blog post drafts before re-entering the fray, I've been looking at notes I've jotted down in the past year and have fleshed some of them out for this blog post. Misconceptions around choice and options Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is not options...it's options… Continue reading Choices, options, structure

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Why we need UDL, part two

I wrote a post a few months ago about a conversation I had with my daughter that reminded me of why we need Universal Design for Learning (UDL)--if we never teach our students and children to become "Expert learners who are purposeful & motivated, resourceful & knowledgable, and strategies & goal-oriented," we will end up… Continue reading Why we need UDL, part two

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Professional Development with a UDL Lens–Specific Guidelines

In an earlier post, I challenged myself to identify the big-picture questions I think drive professional development work that specifically looks at using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to strengthen curriculum.  In this post, I share how some specific UDL Guidelines might look in professional development.  As I thought about the request to discuss how… Continue reading Professional Development with a UDL Lens–Specific Guidelines

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Professional Development with a UDL Lens–Broad View

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I will be presenting at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) in January about the curriculum work my colleagues and I have been doing to make Eureka Math a more viable curriculum for our students.  I have been fortunate to be able to work closely… Continue reading Professional Development with a UDL Lens–Broad View

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Valuing Teacher Expertise

This summer, I had two opportunities to work with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).  Out of conversations came an opportunity for me to share some of the curriculum work I have done with 7th grade math colleagues over the past five years when we have been working with Eureka Math and… Continue reading Valuing Teacher Expertise