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May 2015 Blog Posts (26)

5/29 Holocaust UDL Virtual Field Trip

On Friday I had the pleasure of implementing a lesson created by fellow PLC member, ms. Link. She and Ms. Reger created an entire virtual field trip that our entire 7th grade class participated in and each lesson covered a different angle or aspect of thenholocaust. The ladies created portions of the overall experience for each of the content areas and in each situation the students had the opportunity to create aritufacts that they in turn were able to post and present to all three grade… Continue

Added by Erin Fortney on May 29, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

UDL Exchange Final Lesson

After meeting with my colleague and showing her how to use UDL Exchange she then was able to edit/add comments about our lesson electronically.  This is the final link to our lesson "Radius & Diameter" (which is also shared with the public)

http://udlexchange.cast.org/lesson/1917815 ;

Added by Abigail Conway on May 26, 2015 at 10:20am — No Comments

Socratic Discussion Lesson Plan

I just uploaded a lesson plan to UDL Exchange.  It includes a warm - up mat activity to activate student thinking  and a class discussion activity using discussion cards (I got it - I know the answer, I want to piggy back on another student's answer, I disagree with that answer and I want to start a new discussion) that allow students to manage their own discussion. This was one of my best Socratic discussions with a sixth grade class.

Added by Carol E Connor on May 25, 2015 at 5:18pm — No Comments

Teacher Ideas

I have found many helpful ideas using Pinterest.  Hope you take time to see what is  happening my board.  

Added by Carol E Connor on May 23, 2015 at 5:33pm — No Comments

Kahoot!

For the first time this year, I decided to meet with my co-planning team and together we created our first Kahoot! to use during instruction.  The students and teachers were able to engage in learning, self-check, and monitor progress.  My students really enjoyed the activity and I loved that I was able to get immediate feedback about my students progress, strengths, and weaknesses.  I look forward to continuing to explore and use Kahoot! in my classroom.

Added by Shelby Small on May 21, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Anchor Chart

At our last department meeting, Jen Farmer introduced the idea of anchor charts in the classroom.  Basically this strategy is encouraging the use of purposeful posters.  Posters should not be used to decorate your room, but rather to enhance your instruction.  I have used anchor charts in the past, but after each unit I have removed them from my wall and replaced them with information for the next unit.  After this training, I realize that the importance of the anchor charts does not change…

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Added by Shelby Small on May 21, 2015 at 9:22pm — No Comments

Houston Learning Walk

This week, our school had visitors from a school district in Houston Texas. The visitors were learning about the implementation of UDL principles and gaining information from experienced teachers. I had an opportunity to debrief with the group during lunch and they were so welcoming to ideas and ways that we have made UDL work for us. We all started at different points in our teaching careers that it really helps to show that it doesn't matter where you are in your teaching career - this is…

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Added by Shelby Small on May 21, 2015 at 9:06pm — No Comments

flipped classroom article and reflection

http://creativeeducator.tech4learning.com/2014/articles/Somersaulting-the-Classroom ;

I read this article about the flipped classroom and somersaulting the classroom in order to get more ideas for maximize instruction time.  Next year I will be taking on the responsibility of math department chair.  During this time, I would like to try to incorporate the flipped classroom and/or…

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Added by Shelby Small on May 21, 2015 at 8:56pm — No Comments

Posted to UDL Exchange

Another PLC member, Abby Conway, and I worked collaboratively to create a hands-on lesson to find radius and diameter.  We took a game approach to make a lesson once based on completing a worksheet more engaging.  The kids loved it and we all had a great time playing.  You can find the lesson on UDL Exchange at…

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Added by Christine Pipkin on May 21, 2015 at 11:26am — No Comments

Pinterest Account

Okay, I have taken a very big step for me into the world of on-line sharing of information. I have created a Pinterest account.  I have established three boards to collect information for Reading,UDL and Bulletin Board ideas.   Looking forward to sharing ideas with fellow teachers.

Added by Carol E Connor on May 16, 2015 at 5:27pm — No Comments

Co-Planning Meeting

At co-planning meeting with Mr.Smith,Department chair and STAT teacher we discussed a method for completing Unit 4 PBA 1 without technology. The PBA was written for the students to complete a multimedia presentation. Unfortunately due to PARCC test all of the school computers are scheduled for testing. As are result we designed a method for the students to create their presentation as a movie review poster. The poster will present the information required in the multimedia presentation. I…

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Added by Carol E Connor on May 16, 2015 at 5:23pm — No Comments

Kahoot

Kahoot was recommended to me by other PLC member.  The students absolutely LOVE playing Kahoot on the iPads.  The one problem I do have with…

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Added by Abigail Conway on May 15, 2015 at 9:10am — No Comments

UDL Exchange

Tuesday after school, I got together with another colleague to show her how to use the UDL Cast Exchange website.  Posting lesson plans on this website is very simple as long as you know how to get started.  UDL Exchange does a great job in taking you step by step through a lesson plan , guiding you when needed.  I wrote up a lesson that we did together on UDL Exchange and will now send it to her so she can edit the lesson plan incase she wants to add anything!

Added by Abigail Conway on May 15, 2015 at 8:34am — No Comments

Department Meeting

Our English / LA department meeting on Tuesday, May 12 was very informative.  Mrs. Link presented information about how she uses technology to have her students work independently, in small groups to complete reviews, vocabulay, class research, and take assessments.  The activities include Udl elements and are all student centered.  She holds students accountable, but provides her students opportunities to be responsible for their own learning.  She also provides them time to complete self…

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Added by Carol E Connor on May 13, 2015 at 10:11am — No Comments

March 4 Meeting

Blogging a little late, but on March 4 to UDL members met with Liz B. at Pine Grove Middle to discuss how things were going.  This was an important meeting because many of the members at this school had not been participating on a consistent basis.  We diccussed this problem and concluded it was a lack of time.  Teachers have been faced with many changes this year and are feeling stressors and pressure as they are faced with data dialogue meetings, writing SLOs, tracking SLOs and keeping up…

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Added by Christine Pipkin on May 13, 2015 at 9:56am — No Comments

March 4 Meeting

Blogging a little late, but on March 4 to UDL members met with Liz B. at Pine Grove Middle to discuss how things were going.  This was an important meeting because many of the members at this school had not been participating on a consistent basis.  We diccussed this problem and concluded it was a lack of time.  Teachers have been faced with many changes this year and are feeling stressors and pressure as they are faced with data dialogue meetings, writing SLOs, tracking SLOs and keeping up…

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Added by Christine Pipkin on May 13, 2015 at 9:56am — No Comments

Field Trip!

Fellow cohort member Josh Carbin and I went to Parkville Middle School on May 12 to observe a 6th grade teacher using the Socratic Seminar discussion in his classroom.  This was an excellent opportunity to see how students respond in this type of group discussion so that we can plan one for Josh's class.  (It was also beneficial to see how the teacher responded to the students.)  We will hopefully work together to plan this activity as the school year comes to a close.  It is perfect for…

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Added by Christine Pipkin on May 13, 2015 at 9:41am — No Comments

PD for me

On Tuesday, May 12, Abby Conway, a cohort member, showed me how to post lessons to UDL Exchange.  Abby and I have worked together many times this year incorporating UDL strategies into her math classroom.  We are now working on posting a few of the lessons we collaborated on to the site. 

Added by Christine Pipkin on May 13, 2015 at 9:31am — No Comments

OAI Event at Towson University

On April 30, I attended a presentation on  The Faces of UDL presented by Matt Bergman. Matt Bergman works with students living in poverty at Milton Hersey High School, as well as an instructor providing graduate courses on-line for the Regional Training Center and UDL. 

He provided background and insight on the teaching of students with special needs. He advised that making lessons accessible to all students is good teaching. Lessons should be rigorous but accessible to…

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Added by Carol E Connor on May 10, 2015 at 3:46pm — No Comments

Department Planning Meeting

At our last department meeting, our department chair requested we brainstorm ways to modify the current lesson plan template to make the template student centered vs the current template which is teacher led  (I do, we do, you do).

Working with the STAT teacher, department chair and the other reading teacher, we suggested a template that was based on  the  UDL Guidelines and focused on student centered activities.

Added by Carol E Connor on May 10, 2015 at 3:24pm — No Comments

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