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A new year….

For much of the world, "new year" is a phrase associated with January 1st and fireworks or perhaps with a religious holiday not on our Western calendar.  Being teachers, of course, we always have to do things just a bit differently.  And so I find myself thinking about starting a new year, thinking about reflection,… Continue reading A new year….

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Evolution: the use of templates on assessments

In the course of writing this blog over the past year, I have published more than one post about creating and using templates to support students in class and on assessments (Making Structure Visible, Creation of a Template, and The Power of Templates).  Ironically, the time has come to reflect on a movement in the… Continue reading Evolution: the use of templates on assessments

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UDL and Technology

This summer, I have been lucky enough to co-teach a graduate course on integrating Technology into your Universal Design for Learning practice.  My co-teacher and I approached the course as an opportunity for teachers to "makeover" their work using the UDL Guidelines and UDL Progression Rubric, while also looking at integrating technology. There is a bit… Continue reading UDL and Technology

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Revising to incorporate the UDL Guidelines

I have the honor and pleasure of teaching two graduate courses in Universal Design for Learning (UDL) this summer.  Watching my colleagues take on the challenge of creating and revising their written work in a way that demonstrates understanding of the UDL Guidelines has led me to thinking about summarizing some steps that teachers can take… Continue reading Revising to incorporate the UDL Guidelines

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Translating the Standards

In Chapter Six of her book UDL Now!, Dr. Katie Novak presents various options for students to work with the curriculum standards.  Having students engage with the curriculum standards has become all the more important with the publication of the the UDL Progression Rubric:  as we think about empowering students, it becomes critical to find ways for… Continue reading Translating the Standards

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Math Blasters as a tool for Modeling

Over the past two years, my colleague, Irene Witt, and I have received feedback from our 8th grade colleagues that they struggle with how little material it appears students have retained from years prior.  Even in 7th grade, we see students losing content within months of learning it. The Original "Math Blaster" Our first attempt… Continue reading Math Blasters as a tool for Modeling

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Replacing Myself

As the school year came to a close in June, I found myself having multiple conversations with colleagues ranging from an experienced elementary school teacher to a guest teacher finishing up her Masters.  One theme that resonated for me across all the conversations was the power and value of getting out of the front of… Continue reading Replacing Myself

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Small groups–inside my thinking

I recently wrote an email to a high school colleague about the process I have used for myself to transition from a teacher-directed, lecture-driven classroom to one that generally uses small-group instruction.  In this blog post, I will share what I wrote to her as a way of "taking off the top of my head,"… Continue reading Small groups–inside my thinking

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First Steps in UDL–Round Two

Earlier this school year, I had the honor of working with colleagues from a different district through a series of visits to observe our 7th grade math classrooms.  A comment from their math coach got me started thinking about how to help educators take first steps into Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and I wrote… Continue reading First Steps in UDL–Round Two

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Putting UDL to the Test

I am teaching summer school at the Adult Learning Center in Lawrence, Massachusetts, this summer; classes start tomorrow, so, by the time this post is available, it may already be outdated!  It has been a few years since I taught summer school that wasn't a graduate course for Universal Design for Learning (UDL).  It has… Continue reading Putting UDL to the Test