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The Side Hustle

I first started thinking about this blog post when I read this article about employees having a side hustle.  Coming from a family where my mother, in particular, specialized in part-time jobs, with an all-time high of seven at one point, it never seemed odd to me that I might do more than one job… Continue reading The Side Hustle

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Talking to kids: a route to self-reflection

As practitioners striving to implement Universal Design for Learning, we return again and again to the UDL Progression Rubric to guide and inspire our teaching choices.  One area I think about a lot is about having reflective conversations with students.  How to do that?  What I have come to think, more and more, is that… Continue reading Talking to kids: a route to self-reflection

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Recycling and Choice

I'm writing this post as our February vacation comes to an end, nearly two months after I first ready Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn by Mike Anderson...and I'm still inspired by quotes and passages from the book.  Although we now know that only adding choice, without taking it further, is only Emerging on the UDL… Continue reading Recycling and Choice

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Cultural shifts with retakes–the teacher side

I've written before about the cultural shifts in the classroom my math colleagues and I have made over the last few years with regard to retakes--I think the best way to describe the journey is to say that we went from never allowing retakes to reluctantly trying them out to embracing them fully.  I don't… Continue reading Cultural shifts with retakes–the teacher side

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Where to Begin?

For many of us in New England (or at least in Massachusetts), today was the first full day of February vacation.  I'm looking forward to a week of being able to plan my days a bit more on my own schedule, to sleeping in well past my usual 4:15 wake-up, and to moving my head… Continue reading Where to Begin?

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Talking with students: trusting the kids

"It's important...to see your role as helping to guide student thinking, not trying to control the choices they make.  This can be a hard balance to strike, especially if you crafted certain choices with specific students in mind.  It can be tempting to try and sway their decision, but as soon as we start to… Continue reading Talking with students: trusting the kids

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Time, time, time

One question I get asked a lot when I talk about removing myself from the front of the room is how I can guarantee that all students are working all the time.  To be blunt, I can't.  And while I am always thinking about ways to make my classes so engaging that all students want… Continue reading Time, time, time

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Talking with students: moving kids forward with challenge

I've written about how I use homework checkins as a time to build relationships with students as well as to get a sense of content needs from the class as a whole.  These checkins also give me an opportunity to reflect back to students my observations that they might be at a place where they… Continue reading Talking with students: moving kids forward with challenge

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Talking with students: homework checkins

Over vacation (remember vacation?  How far away it seems!), I spent some time reading Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn by Mike Anderson.  In the section titled "Teaching Honest Self-Assessment," the author offers some suggestions for ways to help students improve their skills with self-assessment.  One that spoke to me was "[c]oach students individually" (pg. 66),… Continue reading Talking with students: homework checkins

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Of brains and Bunsen burners

The strange assumption that a group's distribution of measurements could safely be substituted for an individual's distribution of measurements was implicitly accepted by almost every scientist who studied individuals, though most of the time they were hardly conscious of it.  (Todd Rose, The End of Average, pg. 62) High school biology was a disaster.  I… Continue reading Of brains and Bunsen burners