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Belief and confidence

A few years ago, I had a student with severe math anxiety.  She had generalized anxiety, but math was a particular trigger.  At the start of the year, she had unlimited time on all math tests, which resulted in her redoing the first problem that she encountered on any given test, over and over and… Continue reading Belief and confidence

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Jamboards for Brainstorming

My colleague and thought partner, Jack Czajkowski, set my brain spinning when he shared a Jamboard with me a few months ago.. He had written a Jamboard for students to begin brainstorming their ideas to a series of prompts, all designed to introduce students to the engineering design process. I'm not any kind of science… Continue reading Jamboards for Brainstorming

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From the Other Side

As a teacher, even as a General Education teacher, my job has always included trying to support all of my students. I have gotten better at it as I've learned more Universal Design for Learning (UDL), as I've tried to stay focused on identifying and removing barriers rather than just blindly doing things the way… Continue reading From the Other Side

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Being Mortal

I have been blessed to find The Healing Garden, a non-profit center for cancer patients in Central Massachusetts. Of course, in our COVID world, distance matters less than it used to, as all offerings are available virtually at this time, but various staff members at the Healing Garden have supported me in this crazy reality… Continue reading Being Mortal

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Exoskeleton for my 6th graders

Exoskeleton: a rigid external covering for the body in some invertebrate animals, especially arthropods, providing both support and protection We are a few weeks into the school year, which means that we’ve reached a point where some of my students have settled into a good rhythm and are doing well...and some of my students have… Continue reading Exoskeleton for my 6th graders

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Jamboard Start Reflection

As with so many of my posts from the past year, the inspiration and content of this post comes from my colleague and thought partner, Jack Czajkowski, 8th grade science teacher at GCVS. He reached out in our chat to ask if I had "protocols" I use with my students when I do Jamboards, since… Continue reading Jamboard Start Reflection

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Starting Jamboards Again

As we plan for our third full week of instruction, I've started implementing two Do Now's a week, Tuesday and Thursday at the start of math class. Heading into week three, I'm ready to begin Jamboards...finally! I started by going back through lots of the past Jamboards, trying to think about which style and which… Continue reading Starting Jamboards Again

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Inspirations, III

Things I'm reading, listening to, finding interesting, finding challenging... Research Study: Abstract of study Experience of Otherworldly Phenomena (UMass); the complete paper Sensing the presence of gods and spirits across cultures and faithsPodcast: Rough Translation--a recent and intriguing findPodcast: CodeSwitch--still listening....still inspiredArticle: "High Quality IEP Goals" by Christine Penington--I particularly like her question "which skills… Continue reading Inspirations, III

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a gift freely given, again

I am grateful, again, to my co-teacher, Donald Cook, for giving me the opportunity to spend two weeks with his elementary kids in summer school this year. In the time that I was able to be with DJ, and especially with the fourth and fifth graders, I watched the students grow, even in the space… Continue reading a gift freely given, again

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A Lesson in Empathy

When I first began teaching at Parker Charter (Devens, MA), I encountered a phenomenon that was new to me: parents would register their student at the school, but not tell us that the student had an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). We'd spend a few months with the kids, becoming increasingly concerned about performance and achievement,… Continue reading A Lesson in Empathy