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Getting it “just right”

Raise your hand if you've ever been at a staff meeting or professional development or in a training and someone asked you to read something in real time, maybe an article or something online.  They always say, "once everyone has read it, we'll all come back together," right?  What happens? Some of the people finish… Continue reading Getting it “just right”

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Engagement 7.1 and 7.2

I have spent some time this week diving back into the Universal Design for Learning  Progression Rubric.  What sparked this blog post was a conversation I had with a student this week who was showing me the work she had completed for homework the night before a Module Assessment (unit test).  She had prepared for… Continue reading Engagement 7.1 and 7.2

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Empowering By the End of….

In May 2018, I wrote notes for myself about a blog post talking about using the "By the End of" approach to organizing content used for cumulative review for a year-end assessment.  Since then, my colleague and I have used this format consistently across both of our levels of math, for all core content.  In… Continue reading Empowering By the End of….

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Thanksgiving

It's the last hours of Thanksgiving break and I'm thinking about the transition back to school.  I was busy on Thursday breaking a plate, spilling a half gallon of water on the hardwood floor, burning the sides, and undercooking the turkey, so there was no post last week.  But I am still grateful for so… Continue reading Thanksgiving

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Compliance

I have very few good stories to share about my trips to the dentist and the doctor, but I do love to share the story about how my primary care physician, who has now been my doctor for about 17 years, told me I was experiencing issues with my blood pressure because I was "too… Continue reading Compliance

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The two evils

Last week, I shared some observations about my father's handwriting and the ways in which I suspect a lack of educational choices led to his handwriting challenges.  I received two comments from family about the blog post, including one from my father himself, both of which discussed the ways in which writing by hand has… Continue reading The two evils

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Chicken Scratch

  My father is notorious in my family for what we refer to as his chicken-scratching.  He has minuscule handwriting which is cramped, full of incomplete formation of letters, and really just impossible to decipher.  Over the years, he has simply ceased to write by hand, to the point where my mother writes the messages… Continue reading Chicken Scratch

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The Art Lesson

Tomie dePaola has always been one of my favorite authors, children's author or otherwise.  Whenever I am at a book sale or store, I always dig around to see if I can find one of his books.  So thrilled when I recently discovered a new-to-me title at a library book sale, The Art Lesson. What… Continue reading The Art Lesson

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Rethinking Homework

Homework, homework, homework...an on-going battle, the struggle for control of the precious minutes after school, the opportunity to consolidate learning through independent practice, the bane of middle school students.  If there is any area of school that still cries out for some Universal Design for Learning (UDL) love, it's homework.   A first attempt Last… Continue reading Rethinking Homework

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Getting off the Merry-Go-Round

Centers or Stations can be an engaging way to remove yourself from the front of the classroom.  They engage students in a variety of activities without full-class, teacher-led instruction.  Depending on how Centers/Stations are structured, they can be tools to work with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Guidelines and the UDL Progression Rubric to… Continue reading Getting off the Merry-Go-Round