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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Lawrence, Massachusetts, this summer; classes start tomorrow, so, by the time this post is available, it may already be outdated!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

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Reworking Cumulative Review

For the past few years, we have dedicated about three weeks, post-state-mandated assessments, to preparing our students in the Standard (grade-level) courses for a two-day, two-part cumulative assessment.  As any teacher knows, the mere description of this sort of assessment sends shock waves of terror into the hearts of 7th graders, so we are constantly… Continue reading Reworking Cumulative Review

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Expanding Resources–Video Support

I have had the honor this spring to be hired to create video content for ASSISTments, an online program out of Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  I have written about ways I already use ASSISTments to bring choice to my practice in earlier blogs (see Up-cycling, UDL-style) but this spring has really brought the use of these… Continue reading Expanding Resources–Video Support

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Keeping Track

This is the fourth in a series of posts describing my journey to take on the challenge of reducing the amount of full-class instruction/lecture.  Along with creating the "By the end..." sheets, taking steps to focus instruction, and working behind the scenes to clarify the focus of our teaching, another critical part of reducing the… Continue reading Keeping Track

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The Old is New Again: finding “Backward Design” in reducing full-class instruction

A few weeks ago, I wrote this blog post about how my colleague, Irene Witt, and I have challenged ourselves to reduce the amount of full-class instruction we offer.  Of course, we see lots of benefits for the students, but we are reaping the rewards for ourselves, as well. Teaching 8th grade Algebra The students… Continue reading The Old is New Again: finding “Backward Design” in reducing full-class instruction

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The Move Towards Reducing Full-Class Instruction

In the past two weeks, I have shared two blog posts about my current challenge for myself to reduce full-class instruction (see posts on Evolution:  Changing Instruction...Again and Reducing Full-Class Instruction).  I think it's important to trace the evolution that occurred over this year and years prior that made it possible for me to dramatically… Continue reading The Move Towards Reducing Full-Class Instruction

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Reducing Full-class Instruction

Last week, I wrote a post about the "By the end of class...." documents that my colleague, Irene Witt, and I have been experimenting with in the 3rd and 4th quarters of this school year.  By using these documents, we have shifted our focus from full-class instruction to a more individualized approach, without taking on… Continue reading Reducing Full-class Instruction

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Evolution: Changing Instruction…Again

A few months ago, I was talking to Dr. Katie Novak about a classroom observation she had done in an ELA classroom.  I was struck by her description of the structure of the class.  Dr. Novak said the teacher had an essential question that drove the class and had also presented some curated resources, while also… Continue reading Evolution: Changing Instruction…Again