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March 2015 Blog Posts (21)

Project Based Learning

I found an interesting article from "Education Week".  on Project based learning.  I think I will try this as an extension for my students after they create their folk tale to make it a real world experience.  I will need to decide who will recieve the completed books, but I am sure there is a resource for that.  I will include some of his practices which include my students creating the timeline for completion of project and the  RUBRIC for the book.…

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Added by Carol E Connor on March 31, 2015 at 7:27am — No Comments

Figuring it Out

I have come to the realization that what is most difficult for me is to reflect on how my teaching connects with the UDL Framework.  During our PLC meeting, it was suggested that I,simply, sit with the framework, in hand, as I review a lesson and check off parts of the framework that were used in my lesson.  Such a simple idea but, one that never occurred to me.

Added by Kristen Campbell on March 26, 2015 at 8:28am — No Comments

3/25 Stoneleigh El Math PD

I had the opportunity to attend a wonderful PD @ Stoneleigh Elementary school where instruction was broken down into categories by tutorial & delivery, practice, independent and finally games and activities. Each topic gave different forms of electronics and technology and how to incorporate each part into each category. Not only did they give different options and opportunities to utilize those tools but they gave teachers the opportunity to explore them and we actually got to decide the… Continue

Added by Erin Fortney on March 25, 2015 at 10:00pm — No Comments

UDL Exchange Post

Added by Shelby Small on March 23, 2015 at 9:27pm — No Comments

Presentation

Ashley Link and I had the opportunity to present to a group of Towson University interns/student teachers about using UDL with ESOL and GT students. 

While we were preparing for the presentation, we noticed that there really were no differences with ESOL and GT students, especially when you are using UDL techniques. You cannot make assumptions about either group, but knowing the group and students helps you create lessons that will truly meet the needs of all…

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Added by Shelby Small on March 23, 2015 at 9:06pm — No Comments

Presentation

Shelby Small and I had the opportunity to present to a group of Towson University interns/student teachers about using UDL with ESOL and GT students. 

While we were preparing for the presentation, we noticed that there really were no differences with ESOL and GT students, especially when you are using UDL techniques. You cannot make assumptions about either group, but knowing the group and students helps you create lessons that will truly meet the needs of all…

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Added by Ashley Link on March 22, 2015 at 1:09pm — No Comments

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Added by 1wxpp95dxhpch on March 20, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

Co-Teaching

Met with Liz B. back in December to discuss co-teaching.  She gave me some resources to look at and use with the co-teachers in my building.  The biggest challenge is the lack of common planning time.  I feel like this is the number one requirement for successful co-teaching and it's missing!!!  I plan to talk to the principal about this point.

I also explored some ways for teachers to collaborate.  They can use Office 365 to create live documents and I am now thinking they could use…

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Added by Christine Pipkin on March 18, 2015 at 9:48am — No Comments

Drug Project Choices

I recently worked with a phys ed teacher who has an eighth grade Health section.  She wanted to make her drug unit project more than just reading and answering questions.  The library-media specialist and I got right to work.  The LMS created a project requirement grading checklist/rubric while I created a menu of project choices.  We also gathered websites and books for the kids to use for their research.

I stopped into the class while students were working to encourage them to step…

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Added by Christine Pipkin on March 18, 2015 at 9:45am — No Comments

iPads in the Classroom

I visited a co-worker and co-UDL cohort member yesterday while she was incorporating the use of the iPads into her math lesson.  Students were practicing math skills using the site www.mathbitsnotebook.com  Students logged into an Edmodo account for a link taking them to an exact notebook to visit.  Once there they were completing math problems at an independent pace with real-time feedback.  This was great practice of the skills prior to a…

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Added by Christine Pipkin on March 18, 2015 at 9:41am — No Comments

3/15 Houston Visitors

A group of educators came and observed LMS from the Houston School District in Texas. The visitors were learning about the implementation of UDL principles and gaining information from experienced with beginning and implementing UDL for the first time and they wanted to see what it looked like as it continued to progress. I had an opportunity to debrief with a principal and a Math person from the central office during my co-planning to which Lisa also attended where we talked about how to get… Continue

Added by Erin Fortney on March 15, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments

CoPlanning

I have found with the new Reading curriculum, the other Reading teacher and I have been adding UDL and Student Centered Learning activities to allow our students opportunities to build backgroud knowledge individually and with peers, to learn new information individually and from peers, to do their own individual research and share their learning in multple ways.  I feel that in many cases students are developing a responsibility for their own learning and are not depending on me to provide…

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Added by Carol E Connor on March 12, 2015 at 3:11pm — 1 Comment

Deer Park Middle School learning walk

The math department chair and one of the teachers at Deer Park Middle School came to Lansdowne Middle School to participate in a classroom walk through in order to get ideas for how to improve instruction at their school.  I was very excited to get back positive feedback about the things that they observed in my classroom and the other math classrooms in the building.  The most meaningful part of the learning walk was that I was able to discuss strategies with teachers from another school.…

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Added by Shelby Small on March 11, 2015 at 12:08am — No Comments

3/11 Deer Park Visit

Deer Park middle school had their Math dept chair and two of their team members come do a learning walk of both my Pre Algebra classes as well as my assistance classes in order to observe as well as have their two teachers observe other teachers who were implementing a more UDL directed classroom in order to hopefully get the necessary information to make some changes and start Implementing some of those UDL strategies in their classrooms as well. order to get ideas for how to improve… Continue

Added by Erin Fortney on March 11, 2015 at 12:00am — No Comments

Observation Lesson 2/24/2015

After a professional development meeting on student centered learning, I planned my observation lesson to be student centered and incorporate UDL principles. I discussed my plans with my department chair and the STAT teacher.  The lesson began with a MAT activity to build background information for the students and to provide peer discussion about how they made decisions.  The students then read a short Native American story which described how two people made a decision about whether humans…

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Added by Carol E Connor on March 8, 2015 at 4:58pm — No Comments

Project Based Learning

February 18 - met with UDL Team to discuss project for UDL study. I will be researching project based learning.  The curriculum that I am teaching has been designed to include project based learning for the students' PBA's, but I want to include other opportunities to complete project based learning as short term lessons.

Added by Carol E Connor on March 8, 2015 at 4:34pm — No Comments

Meeting with other PLC member

I met with another PLC member on 2/12/2015 in order to discuss different UDL options for students to help improve behavior in my classroom.  I have implemented a raffle ticket system I saw when I did a out of the building visit.  On 2/12 we discussed implementing the "chill zone" in the back of the room that is either assigned to students or they may volunteer to go to when they need a break in the middle of class.  Providing students with this option has been beneficial because they like to…

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Added by Abigail Conway on March 1, 2015 at 5:47pm — No Comments

School Visit

On January 8th, 2015 I got to visit Parkville Middle School with another UDL member in order to observe a BLS classroom environment.  This was a great opportunity to see many features of a working BLS room I can (and did) incorporate in my ALS classroom.  Seeing the other teacher utilize UDL and give her students many options (in behavior, classwork, etc.) allowed her students to feel like they had a sense of control in the room, almost creating a bargaining-ship resulting in them completing…

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Added by Abigail Conway on March 1, 2015 at 5:33pm — No Comments

Towson University

  • On November 2nd, 2014 I presented on Universal Design for Learning at NCATE/MSDE Gallery Walk hosted by Towson University with many other Baltimore County Teachers and Towson University professors.  It was a great opportunity to meet Professionals from around the state.  I also got the opportunity to share my experiences with UDL in my classroom, as well as hear other teachers share their personal experiences.

Added by Abigail Conway on March 1, 2015 at 5:26pm — No Comments

A little behind on posting...

LessonStudy.docxI am behind on posting things I have done for the UDL Project so I am going to catch up and post a few now!  Earlier in the fall I observed a fellow UDL members class and had a chance to debrief with her afterwards.  It was a great opportunity to learn from a more experienced teacher and observe her…

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Added by Abigail Conway on March 1, 2015 at 5:21pm — No Comments

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