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Evolving: Stations/Centers

One of the most exciting parts about being a teacher is having the opportunity for revision.  For most of us, we'll come back to the same unit and content year after year, often at the same time of year.  This repetition gives us an opportunity to look again at our work and to think about… Continue reading Evolving: Stations/Centers

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Evolution: Rethinking Retakes

During summer planning in 2016, while my colleague, Irene Witt, and I were thinking about changes we wanted to make for the 2016-2017 school year, we decided to bite the bullet and start doing some retakes.  We teach in a district with high academic expectations and we teach at a grade level where the math… Continue reading Evolution: Rethinking Retakes

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Evolution: Student Self-Reflection

Checkpoint 9.3 of the Guidelines for Universal Design for Learning calls for students to "develop self-assessment and reflection" as they move towards becoming "expert learners who are purposeful and motivated."  I have written in earlier blogs about using Exam Wrappers and padlet (see earlier blog posts on feedback loops and self-assessment) as ways to have students reflect… Continue reading Evolution: Student Self-Reflection

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Reflecting on Student Feedback–Google Forms

In the early winter, my colleague, Irene Witt, and I designed a survey for our students, delivered via Google Forms.  Our questions ran the gamut from "choose all that apply" for "what resources do you use regularly for homework" to the open-ended prompt "for math class, it would be cool if...." The data was awesome.… Continue reading Reflecting on Student Feedback–Google Forms

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Baby Steps #4: Resource Sheets

This is the fourth in a series of posts on baby steps in implementing the Guidelines for Universal Design for Learning (UDL).  Please see these earlier posts on changing instruction, changing assessment, and adding options for other ideas. Baby Step #4:  Resource Sheets Seventh graders struggle with fractions.  At every school I have ever taught… Continue reading Baby Steps #4: Resource Sheets

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Baby Steps #3: Adding Options

This blog post is one in a series of my thoughts on small, manageable first steps in implementing Universal Design for Learning (UDL).  Please see these earlier blog posts on changing instruction and changing assessment for other ideas. Baby Step #3:  Adding Options The Guidelines talk frequently about choice as a key part of changing… Continue reading Baby Steps #3: Adding Options

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Baby Steps #2: Changes to Assessment

Last week, I wrote about thinking about first steps for educators looking to bring Universal Design for Learning (UDL) into their practice.  Since UDL can be very overwhelming at first, I have decided to do a series of blog posts on possible small steps that could help teachers as they move into UDL. Baby Step #2: … Continue reading Baby Steps #2: Changes to Assessment

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Baby Steps #1: Options for Instruction

My colleague and I have had the honor of a series of visits from colleagues at a school in Cambridge, MA.  On the most recent visit, the conversation after the observation was about how overwhelmed the teachers were feeling about implementing Universal Design for Learning (UDL).  That got me thinking about how I might provide some… Continue reading Baby Steps #1: Options for Instruction

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Feedback Loops

Last week, I wrote about how we use Exam Wrappers on major assessments and the ways in which doing so has changed my practice.  Another aspect of using Exam Wrappers is how I use them to engage students in self-reflection as they prepare for Assessments. Review Day Habits When we plan our Modules, my colleague,… Continue reading Feedback Loops

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Reflecting on student feedback–Exam Wrappers

This year, my colleague, Irene Witt, and I have looked for ways to get feedback from students on a more regular basis.  In this blog post, I will discuss how we use Exam Wrappers. Exam Wrappers We were first introduced to the concept of an Exam Wrapper in a course on Universal Design for Learning… Continue reading Reflecting on student feedback–Exam Wrappers