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400 Hours of ASSISTments = best PD Summer Ever

For the past two weeks, I have blogged about my experiences figuring out some problems in Eureka math for the ASSISTments program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  Those blogs were more about "taking off the top of my head," the math equivalent of a strategy called "Think Aloud" that an ELL colleague has been teaching me about… Continue reading 400 Hours of ASSISTments = best PD Summer Ever

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The Summer of ASSISTments, Part Two

Last week, I blogged about an experience I had when I was forced to figure out a different way to factor than I had ever seen before.  I had to really struggle before it clicked for me and I saw how the problem was supposed to be taught. As I wrote last week, I could work… Continue reading The Summer of ASSISTments, Part Two

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The Summer of ASSISTments, Part One

In March 2018, I applied to work creating online content for ASSISTments, an online, non-profit program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  When I applied to do this work, I never thought it would become such a powerful professional development experience for me.  Yes, I have blogged before about my experience creating online content for ASSISTments.  However,… Continue reading The Summer of ASSISTments, Part One

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A deeper understanding of Project-Based Learning (PBL)

This summer, I had the honor of co-teaching a graduate course on Universal Design for Learning and Project-Based Learning with our Literacy Coach, Danielle Patenaude.  Danielle kept me on my toes--every time we sat down to have a phone-grading session, she challenged me to hold the teachers in the course to a true understanding and… Continue reading A deeper understanding of Project-Based Learning (PBL)

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Math Tasks

On Tuesday, 11 June 2019, I spent the day at Worcester Polytechnic Institute at an Institute with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for the Science and Math Ambassador Program 2019.  The Commissioner is challenging teachers to create deep, meaningful tasks (rather than problems) and this Institute was a roll-out with teachers who… Continue reading Math Tasks

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Initial Thoughts: building a goal around vocabulary in math

We're about three weeks away from that last, sad weekend of summer vacation...and my summer partner-in-crime starts back next week already.  I went for a walk last night at 6:45 and it was a bit dark-ish....the end of summer is coming. And that means it's time to start thinking about the start of the new year. … Continue reading Initial Thoughts: building a goal around vocabulary in math

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How lucky I am, summer edition

I have broken a lot of things this summer.  (I often break things, but rarely on purpose.)  For example, I broke YouTube two mornings in a row in June--I uploaded so many videos in succession for my grant work for ASSISTments that YouTube decided I was a spammer and blocked my account for a solid… Continue reading How lucky I am, summer edition

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Closing the Feedback Loop on a large scale (Part Two)

In last week's blog post, I wrote about the process of getting input from students to set some assessment schedules for the end of the school year.  Once the schedule was in place, we needed to come back to the students to get their feedback.  One thing I was particularly interested in was if the students… Continue reading Closing the Feedback Loop on a large scale (Part Two)

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Closing the Feedback Loop on a large scale (Part One)

I wrote a post this spring about trying to move from feedback to using feedback loops.  In that post, I talked about one particular student and an experience I had with him, but I have also recently had an opportunity to think about closing a loop on a larger scale with all of my students… Continue reading Closing the Feedback Loop on a large scale (Part One)

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Valuing Student Voice

This year, we have one of the earliest ends of the school year that I can remember, ending with a half-day on June 12th.  Although I am certainly not complaining (ha!), one of the unexpected consequences has been the compression of the end-of-year final work:  MCAS (our state assessment; two days in May); our common… Continue reading Valuing Student Voice