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Reworking Cumulative Review

For the past few years, we have dedicated about three weeks, post-state-mandated assessments, to preparing our students in the Standard (grade-level) courses for a two-day, two-part cumulative assessment.  As any teacher knows, the mere description of this sort of assessment sends shock waves of terror into the hearts of 7th graders, so we are constantly… Continue reading Reworking Cumulative Review

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Expanding Resources–Video Support

I have had the honor this spring to be hired to create video content for ASSISTments, an online program out of Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  I have written about ways I already use ASSISTments to bring choice to my practice in earlier blogs (see Up-cycling, UDL-style) but this spring has really brought the use of these… Continue reading Expanding Resources–Video Support

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Keeping Track

This is the fourth in a series of posts describing my journey to take on the challenge of reducing the amount of full-class instruction/lecture.  Along with creating the "By the end..." sheets, taking steps to focus instruction, and working behind the scenes to clarify the focus of our teaching, another critical part of reducing the… Continue reading Keeping Track

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The Old is New Again: finding “Backward Design” in reducing full-class instruction

A few weeks ago, I wrote this blog post about how my colleague, Irene Witt, and I have challenged ourselves to reduce the amount of full-class instruction we offer.  Of course, we see lots of benefits for the students, but we are reaping the rewards for ourselves, as well. Teaching 8th grade Algebra The students… Continue reading The Old is New Again: finding “Backward Design” in reducing full-class instruction

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The Move Towards Reducing Full-Class Instruction

In the past two weeks, I have shared two blog posts about my current challenge for myself to reduce full-class instruction (see posts on Evolution:  Changing Instruction...Again and Reducing Full-Class Instruction).  I think it's important to trace the evolution that occurred over this year and years prior that made it possible for me to dramatically… Continue reading The Move Towards Reducing Full-Class Instruction

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Reducing Full-class Instruction

Last week, I wrote a post about the "By the end of class...." documents that my colleague, Irene Witt, and I have been experimenting with in the 3rd and 4th quarters of this school year.  By using these documents, we have shifted our focus from full-class instruction to a more individualized approach, without taking on… Continue reading Reducing Full-class Instruction

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Evolution: Changing Instruction…Again

A few months ago, I was talking to Dr. Katie Novak about a classroom observation she had done in an ELA classroom.  I was struck by her description of the structure of the class.  Dr. Novak said the teacher had an essential question that drove the class and had also presented some curated resources, while also… Continue reading Evolution: Changing Instruction…Again

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Making Structure Visible

In my teaching, I often point out to my students the patterns that underlie the work that they are doing, the ways in which math is consistent across problems that appear to be different from each other.  I am not a deep mathematical thinker and these repeated structures are a source of much comfort for… Continue reading Making Structure Visible

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Creation of a Template

We are in our third year of teaching Probability using the Eureka Math program and I still have a bad case of PTSD when it comes to simulations, the final topic in probability.  I have clear memories of the first time my colleague, Irene Witt, and I read through the Eureka materials.  And of the… Continue reading Creation of a Template

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The Power of Templates

Possibly the biggest challenge for anyone trying to teach with Eureka Math while also incorporating the Guidelines for Universal Design for Learning (UDL) lies in the reality that Eureka is designed to be very teacher-directed, which is in direct opposition to the core of UDL, where teachers are working to help their students become independent and self-directed. … Continue reading The Power of Templates