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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

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Reflection on the Pendulum Swings

I recently opened a MATSOL e-bulletin and found this article:  English-only extinct. Maybe I've reached a "certain point" in my career, or maybe I've reached a certain age in my personal life, but I feel like the pendulum is swinging back on a number of fronts across various areas of my professional life. When I… Continue reading Reflection on the Pendulum Swings

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UDL Love for English Learners (ELs)

I'm guessing that any reader of this blog knows that I often find myself reflecting on the ways we can find Universal Design for Learning (UDL) popping up in our daily lives, a phenomenon I always find both intriguing and reassuring.  Truly, if UDL speaks so clearly to me across so many areas of real… Continue reading UDL Love for English Learners (ELs)

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Choices, options, structure

As vacation winds down and I attempt to get ahead on blog post drafts before re-entering the fray, I've been looking at notes I've jotted down in the past year and have fleshed some of them out for this blog post. Misconceptions around choice and options Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is not options...it's options… Continue reading Choices, options, structure

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Hyperdocs…then and now

It is always both a gift and an honor to be asked to teach about Universal Design for Learning (UDL).  As much as I love my 7th graders, there is a whole different kind of magic watching my fellow teachers discover the power of UDL for themselves. This blog post is adapted, with permission, from… Continue reading Hyperdocs…then and now

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“I’m no good at ________”

I often wonder why we spend so much energy trying to have our recent high school graduates decide "what they are going to do for the rest of their lives."  I sincerely hope that other people follow a more direct route than mine, but, for me, my time in school looked like this: get assigned… Continue reading “I’m no good at ________”

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Why we need UDL, part two

I wrote a post a few months ago about a conversation I had with my daughter that reminded me of why we need Universal Design for Learning (UDL)--if we never teach our students and children to become "Expert learners who are purposeful & motivated, resourceful & knowledgable, and strategies & goal-oriented," we will end up… Continue reading Why we need UDL, part two