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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

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WWID

I miss Irene. If you have read much of any of my blog posts, you are familiar with Irene, my former 7th grade math colleague and partner in mathematical crime, always the better half of my brain. When I was tracking the big picture planning with an eye to MCAS in April, she was always… Continue reading WWID

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Assessment Design

I have been an avowed dis-liker of Desmos.  I never argued about the quality of the math, but I didn't love the organization of it on the teacher side.  However, having spent a few hours on Labor Day weekend turning card sorts and matching that Irene and I created into Desmos CardSorts for use in… Continue reading Assessment Design

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A lot of bang for my buck

When I teach graduate courses, I always recommend that teachers front-load their time creating a solid "template," my name for a sort of "model" that they can use over and over again as a "frame," changing the content within.  For example, after many errors, I finally made one functional Card Sort in Desmos; now that… Continue reading A lot of bang for my buck

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Making Irene Proud (I hope)

Whenever Irene, ever the better half of my brain, and I would do work together with any sort of "skill flavor," Irene would set the bar high.  No simple fill-in-the-blanks for us!  No match and go!  Even in our Edulastic assessments in emergency remote education, when we were far from our kids, with no control… Continue reading Making Irene Proud (I hope)

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UDL visits the dentist

In addition to all the other pieces happening in September 2020 in my life, I also had a dental cleaning scheduled, the first time I had set foot inside a medical-type facility since we went out under COVID in March. Unlike my other regular appointments, such as blood draws, there is no way to avoid… Continue reading UDL visits the dentist