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New beginnings

Tuesday morning marked my second "first morning" at GCVS, the virtual school I began to teach at last year. Last year at this time, we were not preparing to have school start the next day. On the contrary, the commissioner of education had granted all the schools 10 additional days to get prepared for what… Continue reading New beginnings

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Happy New Year, August 2021

When I sat down to write this blog post, I thought to myself, "I should go check my other Happy New (School) Year blog posts"....imagine my surprise when I couldn't find any! I was pretty sure that I've written posts about coming back around at the start of a new year, but maybe I've written… Continue reading Happy New Year, August 2021

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We all need a sidekick

In mid-February 2021, I took two online professional development trainings in a week. The first was the 6-hour MicroCredential Training called "Building Belonging in Virtual Environments" with the National School Reform Faculty; the second was the Math Leaders Network run by DESE, the Massachusetts State Department of Education. While different in structure and content, both… Continue reading We all need a sidekick

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Living Inside Virtual Education

After nine years with the same district, I left in August to take a job in a virtual school. The reasons are many and many both including and beyond COVID and health risks, but one of them is because I believe in the need for virtual education, but I also believe in helping to make… Continue reading Living Inside Virtual Education

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Winter of ASSISTments PD

In the past, I have written about the professional development opportunities I have had working for the ASSISTments Foundation at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. After over two years of creating content for ASSISTments for the Eureka Math/EngageNY programs (grades 6-8), I started a new project in fall 2020, one where I build groups of similar questions,… Continue reading Winter of ASSISTments PD

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Blink

Pre-COVID, one of my annual trips was to the book sale at a local library, once in the spring and once in the fall. Since it was a "pay what you can," I would bring plenty of cash and as many giant canvas bags as I could haul out, knowing that I had nothing to… Continue reading Blink

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Lessons From Google Jamboard

It took me awhile to jump on the Jamboard bandwagon--I had a lot going on and I didn't feel like I needed to add another new tool or program or really another new ANYTHING to my list! But, in October 2020, I attended a virtual meeting of the Math Leaders Network and was introduced to… Continue reading Lessons From Google Jamboard

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Building Student Collaboration…in Ten Minutes a Day

As a 6th grade Special Education teacher in my first year at a virtual school, I design and implement up to three Do Now's a week in math, schedule permitting. I am focusing on using the time to engage the students in collaborative practices, the focus of UDL Guideline 8.3 ("Foster collaboration and community"). I… Continue reading Building Student Collaboration…in Ten Minutes a Day

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The Fourth Wall

There is an expression in theater, film, and literature about "the fourth wall," the "conceptual barrier between any fictional work and its viewers or readers" (Oxford Languages). After working in virtual education since March, particularly after having taken a new job in one of the two virtual schools here in Massachusetts, I have decided that… Continue reading The Fourth Wall

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Bang for the buck, vocabulary focus

The start of the 2020-2021 school year was unusual here in Massachusetts for public school educators, as schools had up to an additional two weeks of preparation time prior to the start of the school year to prepare to make the transition to virtual education. For me, having accepted a job at a virtual school… Continue reading Bang for the buck, vocabulary focus