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First Steps in Teaching Teacher-Student Collaboration

As we look at the UDL Progression Rubric, we see that the responsibility for planning shifts more and more to the students as we move to the right on the rubric, towards "Progressing towards Expert Practice."  In some recent blog posts, I have been sharing my thoughts about co-constructing aspects of my practice with my… Continue reading First Steps in Teaching Teacher-Student Collaboration

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Collaborative Revision with Students

I recently had the honor of collaborating with students from my Extended math class to revise the "By the End of" document for linear equation.  As usual, my colleague, Irene, and I had written a "By the End of" for this module, but it just didn't work.  For example, we had lots of additional material… Continue reading Collaborative Revision with Students

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Co-constructing assessment schedules

I have been posting a lot about feedback in the past weeks.  This post looks at a different kind of "talking with kids"--asking the students for their opinions about structuring their assessment schedule.  In general, as teachers, when we think about asking students when they want a test, I think we mostly assume they will… Continue reading Co-constructing assessment schedules

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Reflections on feedback

Before I came to my current school, I taught at a charter school where students and parents were given an anonymous survey each year where they could say anything they wanted about teachers.  Teachers were required to meet with their respective department head to discuss the results and what implications they gave for making change… Continue reading Reflections on feedback

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Reflecting on Feedback–Co-constructing changes to teacher practice

Earlier, I wrote a series of posts sharing the results of a survey my colleagues and I gave to our students (following up, freedom and independence, small group reteaching).  As I read through the feedback my students gave me, I realized that I had missed a question, a very important one:  we had asked the… Continue reading Reflecting on Feedback–Co-constructing changes to teacher practice

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Redefining Creativity

I recently finished reading the Outlander series.  (If you are not familiar with the series, there are currently eight books, each of which weighs in at about 1400 pages on average--it was a full-time reading experience for a few months.)  As I was fishing around for something to read at breakfast, I realized I had… Continue reading Redefining Creativity

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History of a Template

Simulations.  A powerful concept in real-life....a massively challenging topic in the 7th grade math standards.  My colleague and I have been struggling with how to teach simulations ever since we started using Eureka Math as our primary curriculum.  To help with simulations, we tapped into a resource we have used successfully with other topics--what we call… Continue reading History of a Template

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Writing a “By the End of”

At this point in the school year, as we head into April vacation, my colleague and I have written and planned most of the "By the End of" sheets we need.  But, especially in our Extended class, sometimes we find something else we need to design.  Since we just found two, one on using median… Continue reading Writing a “By the End of”

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Munchkins

When I first started teaching in a public school in the US, I used my newly minted ELL/ESL degree to land a job teaching both ESL and math in the ELL program at a local middle school.  I had six students in each class, my classroom was a former teacher lounge on the fourth floor… Continue reading Munchkins

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Reflecting on Feedback–freedom and independence

As I read over the student comments on a survey we recently gave about our math classes, one theme in the responses, or a pair of similar themes, stood out to me--"freedom" and "independence." We began with a simple question: When I read through the responses, a selection of which are copied here below, the… Continue reading Reflecting on Feedback–freedom and independence