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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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Living Inside Virtual Education

After nine years with the same district, I left in August to take a job in a virtual school. The reasons are many and many both including and beyond COVID and health risks, but one of them is because I believe in the need for virtual education, but I also believe in helping to make… Continue reading Living Inside Virtual Education

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Winter of ASSISTments PD

In the past, I have written about the professional development opportunities I have had working for the ASSISTments Foundation at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. After over two years of creating content for ASSISTments for the Eureka Math/EngageNY programs (grades 6-8), I started a new project in fall 2020, one where I build groups of similar questions,… Continue reading Winter of ASSISTments PD

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Building Student Collaboration…in Ten Minutes a Day

As a 6th grade Special Education teacher in my first year at a virtual school, I design and implement up to three Do Now's a week in math, schedule permitting. I am focusing on using the time to engage the students in collaborative practices, the focus of UDL Guideline 8.3 ("Foster collaboration and community"). I… Continue reading Building Student Collaboration…in Ten Minutes a Day

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WWID

I miss Irene. If you have read much of any of my blog posts, you are familiar with Irene, my former 7th grade math colleague and partner in mathematical crime, always the better half of my brain. When I was tracking the big picture planning with an eye to MCAS in April, she was always… Continue reading WWID

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Assessment Design

I have been an avowed dis-liker of Desmos.  I never argued about the quality of the math, but I didn't love the organization of it on the teacher side.  However, having spent a few hours on Labor Day weekend turning card sorts and matching that Irene and I created into Desmos CardSorts for use in… Continue reading Assessment Design

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A lot of bang for my buck

When I teach graduate courses, I always recommend that teachers front-load their time creating a solid "template," my name for a sort of "model" that they can use over and over again as a "frame," changing the content within.  For example, after many errors, I finally made one functional Card Sort in Desmos; now that… Continue reading A lot of bang for my buck

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Making Irene Proud (I hope)

Whenever Irene, ever the better half of my brain, and I would do work together with any sort of "skill flavor," Irene would set the bar high.  No simple fill-in-the-blanks for us!  No match and go!  Even in our Edulastic assessments in emergency remote education, when we were far from our kids, with no control… Continue reading Making Irene Proud (I hope)

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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