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Revising my Practice with UDL–Guest Blog by Christine Ashton, GCVS

I think my two biggest takeaways from learning about Universal Design for Learning are that hyperdocs are amazing and that choice is incredibly important. Thinking about assignments in terms of hyperdocs really forced me to get more creative. As a result, I've reworked a few assignments to make them a lot more engaging and interesting… Continue reading Revising my Practice with UDL–Guest Blog by Christine Ashton, GCVS

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In Appreciation of the Parents and Teachers that are Suddenly Homeschooling

by: GCVS Guest Blogger Jenny Plant To my hardworking brick and mortar educators and parents: As I am confined to the four walls of my home, my thoughts are going out to you, my fellow educators:  the teachers, parents, and guardians during this pandemic.  I cannot pretend that I am not exploding with empathy with what… Continue reading In Appreciation of the Parents and Teachers that are Suddenly Homeschooling

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Advice on Transitioning to Teaching in a Virtual/Digital Age

Very, very few of us teach in a virtual-only or digital-only setting; it's the exception, not the norm. Or, I should say, it used to be the exception!   I have had the amazing good fortune to work with teachers and some administrative staff at the Greenfield Virtual Commonwealth School (GCVS) this school year.  When… Continue reading Advice on Transitioning to Teaching in a Virtual/Digital Age

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Thoughts as the World Goes up in Flames

For my friends and colleagues who teach in virtual settings, the education world is a much less strange place right now than it is for those of us trying to imagine (or trying to transition) to a virtual reality from a teaching world that generally involves lots of face time with our kids.  On that… Continue reading Thoughts as the World Goes up in Flames

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Putting the “Fun” back in Functional–Guest Post by Jenny Plant, GCVS

I've been working at a virtual school for several years now as a special educator of middle schoolers.  I've used countless websites to engage kiddos.    I tried my hand at a Hyperdoc for the first time a few weeks ago in an effort to incorporate more UDL strategies in my classroom. I didn't know what… Continue reading Putting the “Fun” back in Functional–Guest Post by Jenny Plant, GCVS

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The Power of Data Collection: Feedback on Small-Group Instruction

In this final post reflecting on data from a survey and from an exam wrapper, I focus on feedback specific to the practice of providing content instruction in the form of small group instruction rather than full-class lessons.   Take-Away #4:  Providing the majority of my content instruction in the form of small-group instruction is… Continue reading The Power of Data Collection: Feedback on Small-Group Instruction

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The Power of Data Collection: Student Reflections

As a teacher, I'm always poking at my practice, thinking about what I can do differently, hopefully better, maybe more efficiently while also more effectively.  For the past three weeks, I've been sharing data from a survey and an exam wrapper, reflecting on the patterns I see.  This week, I gathered direct quotes, generally as-is… Continue reading The Power of Data Collection: Student Reflections

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The Power of Data Collection: Small Group Instruction Checklists

For the past two weeks, I have been sharing reflections on the power of data collection in various forms.  When I started teaching in small groups, rather than in a full-class instruction mode, I realized I needed a quick-and-dirty method of data collection.  To that end, I print copies of student lists from our Student… Continue reading The Power of Data Collection: Small Group Instruction Checklists

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The Power of Data Collection: WIN Block

Last week, I posted about ways I respond to student feedback on Exam Wrappers and surveys.  In addition to that direct feedback, I also gather data weekly on student activities during WIN (What I Need) block. A huge part of why I want data is to cover myself.  In the data-driven culture currently in vogue,… Continue reading The Power of Data Collection: WIN Block

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The Power of Data Collection: Responding to Feedback

As a teacher, I think I frequently operate on instinct.  That noise in the hallway that just isn't quite right, the kid who looks a little "off" today, the homework completion pattern that has changed...whether we are born with it or develop it, good teachers begin to use a bit of ESP in their interactions… Continue reading The Power of Data Collection: Responding to Feedback