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Fighting Hard for Choice

I have often written, both on this blog and in feedback on work submitted in my graduate courses on Universal Design for Learning (UDL), about the power of choice.  I carry Dr. Katie Novak's voice in my head, pointing out that we expect to be able to go to buy coffee and to be able… Continue reading Fighting Hard for Choice

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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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Living our Convictions

My godmother just had her 80th birthday (via Zoom).  I celebrate her choice to live her convictions and thank her for modeling that in my life, making and carrying signs weekly, even in a tornado warning.  Her actions help stand against the picture and statistics we see here: I apologize that I don't know how… Continue reading Living our Convictions

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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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A Parent’s Story of Emergency Remote Education

Guest Blog by Liz Latoria, Parent and Freelance Editor, https://www.fiverr.com/s2/187ec54efb?utm_source=CopyLink_Mobile This school year was a hard one for my boys.  I have two sons, 12 and 16, and when it was announced that the schools would be closing due to the threat of COVID, I was worried.  I should first mention that my family moved… Continue reading A Parent’s Story of Emergency Remote Education

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Virtual Education is NOT Remote Emergency Education

One evening in high school, I sat in my room at the old kitchen table that I used as my desk, and I held a knife against the veins in my wrists.  I had read somewhere that cutting them across the veins, or maybe along the veins, would prevent the doctors from being able to… Continue reading Virtual Education is NOT Remote Emergency Education

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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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An Individualized Approach to Hyperdocs, Part Two

Co-Authored by Suzanne LaPointe and Thea Durling Last week, Suzanne wrote a blog post about how she sets up her students to be successful with hyperdocs.  We continue this week in Part Two, looking at the individualized hyperdocs and the assessment choices. Thea: When Suzanne first shared her hyperdoc with me, I will admit I… Continue reading An Individualized Approach to Hyperdocs, Part Two