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Taking the time, Part One

Two weeks ago, I declared Friday a catch-up day in my Standard (grade-level) math classes.  We had front-loaded a bunch of content....kids were all over the place in terms of material and content...and Math Blasters were due.  I've written about Math Blasters in other posts and they are back with us for another year, a… Continue reading Taking the time, Part One

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The invisibility of disability

This was a rough summer on some fronts.  As always, I work to live with an awareness of how incredibly blessed I am and how unbelievably fortunate a life I have been granted.  I have a job that brings me much joy, a house that I love to come home to and to be in,… Continue reading The invisibility of disability

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Why we need Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

My daughter and I have found a new way to bond:  weekly tacos dinners.  We don't agree on the type (I'm for carne asada; she likes carnitas) or our favorite restaurant (I love the local Zapata and she likes to drive to Worcester for tacos at El Patrón), but, if we could, we'd both have… Continue reading Why we need Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

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400 Hours of ASSISTments = best PD Summer Ever

For the past two weeks, I have blogged about my experiences figuring out some problems in Eureka math for the ASSISTments program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  Those blogs were more about "taking off the top of my head," the math equivalent of a strategy called "Think Aloud" that an ELL colleague has been teaching me about… Continue reading 400 Hours of ASSISTments = best PD Summer Ever

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The Summer of ASSISTments, Part Two

Last week, I blogged about an experience I had when I was forced to figure out a different way to factor than I had ever seen before.  I had to really struggle before it clicked for me and I saw how the problem was supposed to be taught. As I wrote last week, I could work… Continue reading The Summer of ASSISTments, Part Two

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The Summer of ASSISTments, Part One

In March 2018, I applied to work creating online content for ASSISTments, an online, non-profit program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  When I applied to do this work, I never thought it would become such a powerful professional development experience for me.  Yes, I have blogged before about my experience creating online content for ASSISTments.  However,… Continue reading The Summer of ASSISTments, Part One

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A deeper understanding of Project-Based Learning (PBL)

This summer, I had the honor of co-teaching a graduate course on Universal Design for Learning and Project-Based Learning with our Literacy Coach, Danielle Patenaude.  Danielle kept me on my toes--every time we sat down to have a phone-grading session, she challenged me to hold the teachers in the course to a true understanding and… Continue reading A deeper understanding of Project-Based Learning (PBL)

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Math Tasks

On Tuesday, 11 June 2019, I spent the day at Worcester Polytechnic Institute at an Institute with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for the Science and Math Ambassador Program 2019.  The Commissioner is challenging teachers to create deep, meaningful tasks (rather than problems) and this Institute was a roll-out with teachers who… Continue reading Math Tasks

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Initial Thoughts: building a goal around vocabulary in math

We're about three weeks away from that last, sad weekend of summer vacation...and my summer partner-in-crime starts back next week already.  I went for a walk last night at 6:45 and it was a bit dark-ish....the end of summer is coming. And that means it's time to start thinking about the start of the new year. … Continue reading Initial Thoughts: building a goal around vocabulary in math

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Structure as support, not suffocation

Last week,  I wrote a blog post about observations from the first few weeks of an online course I am co-teaching about Universal Design for Learning (UDL).  As my co-teacher and I met with our colleagues/peers/participants in initial meetings and online conversations, I heard a lot about the need for variability and choice. Another theme… Continue reading Structure as support, not suffocation