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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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Desmos CardSort: the intersection of math and vocabulary

I've recently written about how I've used the CardSort option in Desmos to create a vocabulary game for science, pushing the uses of Desmos beyond just math. There are plenty of electronic or online options for creating flashcards, but I like the way Desmos allows me to use the Dashboard, allows me to share with… Continue reading Desmos CardSort: the intersection of math and vocabulary

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Fundamental and Foundational

Sometimes, we get so busy thinking about how to make co-teaching successful that we forget that any co-teaching, or any teaching of any kind, begins with planning, or, in this case, co-planning. If teachers cannot successfully co-plan, then they cannot realistically prepare a classroom experience in which they are able to co-teach. Plenty of people… Continue reading Fundamental and Foundational

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“We interrupt our regularly scheduled broadcast”

On Friday, April 16, 2021, I went into an MRI appointment at 5:00 pm in Worcester, Massachusetts, to see if we could figure out why I had recently been having some increased headache pain and to identify if it was perhaps due to a blood clot from having received the J&J vaccine. I left in… Continue reading “We interrupt our regularly scheduled broadcast”

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Why Jamboard Works

If you have read any of my recent posts about Jamboard, you know that I'm obsessed with it...but haven't been able to put my finger on what, exactly, has felt so enticingly different. I was thrilled to find this blog post by Ben Whitaker that helped define some of what makes Jamboard feel so different.… Continue reading Why Jamboard Works

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Building Templates in a new World

I've often written about templates in my former job as a 7th grade math teacher. Now that I am finally getting my feet under me in my new position (6th grade Special Education), I'm able to start looking ahead a bit and I'm starting to think about how to help my students, now, less so… Continue reading Building Templates in a new World

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Empowerment in Action

One of the few gifts of COVID has been the utter joy of collaborating, sadly long-distance, with former colleagues from past districts. It's magic to open my inbox and find a gift of Desmos or a Jamboard or a Pixel art, a gift of friendship transcending distance and the horror of COVID. The Jamboard here… Continue reading Empowerment in Action

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Jamboard Feedback

My latest obsession is Google Jamboard. Although I still haven't quite been able to put my finger on what makes it different, not quite just PearDeck-plus-Slides and not quite just anything else, I know that the "feel" of using it in class has led to a high level of engagement from the students, which is… Continue reading Jamboard Feedback

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Co-Teaching: moving beyond the six models

I struggle with some of the co-planning models, or maybe with the overall/underlying assumption inherent in co-planning models, that seems to say that the goal is for both teachers to be equal in all aspects of the teaching.  I think the teachers should be equally valued, equally heard, equally able to give input, equally engaged… Continue reading Co-Teaching: moving beyond the six models

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Expanding Desmos Beyond Math

It may be a bit of sacrilege to use Desmos, the ultra high-quality math resource, to make a science card sort....but that is exactly what I found myself doing a few weeks ago! The topic was "Shaping Earth," which was a very vocabulary-heavy unit looking at topics like erosion, cut points, superposition, and so on.… Continue reading Expanding Desmos Beyond Math