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April 15th PLC Meeting

See discussion board for reflection

Added by Ashley Link on April 15, 2015 at 4:40pm — 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

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 personally believe that they say many different styles of UDL. Yes, UDL is a concept of principles and guidelines, but each teacher has the ability to make them their own and use them in a way that works for them and their classroom. I believe our school has a very diverse group of teachers that…

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Added by Ashley Link on March 1, 2015 at 2:58pm — No Comments

iPads

I thoroughly enjoy using iPads in my classroom. I usually use them for research based purposes. Besides research, I recently gave my GT class a variety of options to label a map of Europe. Their options included - a puzzle map (with varying levels), an atlas, or an iPad. 

In their small groups, many of them choose to use the iPad because it's easier to see and they can discuss the locations of countries much more easily than if they all were using an atlas. It began a much more…

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Added by Ashley Link on February 22, 2015 at 4:59pm — No Comments

Project Based Learning & UDL

I choose to examine Project Based Learning because I feel it is more appropriate for my subject of social studies. After reviewing the information and finding some of my own information, I questioned what this would look like in the classroom. Is this something that every student has to work on? Is this something that every class has to work on? Is this something that needs to be completed in a day or within a week or two? 

While reviewing and reflecting on these questions for a few…

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Added by Ashley Link on February 22, 2015 at 4:55pm — No Comments

Application of small groups & discussion

On Thursday, February 19th, I invited Wendy Prioleau, Alaina Bitzelberger, and my department chair, Brandi Dorsey into my classroom to provide feedback on a new organization of teaching I was testing out with my GT class. We worked independently for a little less than 20 minutes where the students had to gather information about the four regions in Europe (north, south, east, and west). They were able to get this information from either a brochure I created for them or a gallery walk of…

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Added by Ashley Link on February 22, 2015 at 4:41pm — No Comments

Classroom Environment

When I first started at LMS, I quickly developed a behavioral management program that proved successful for my students. Now, several teachers at LMS are using the program and ideas and finding success with it. My department chair and I decided to help our new teachers set up their classrooms like mine to help them out. This way they would have a solid foundation to begin with and modify it to what works for them. I will go into detail of what I do below. 

I have my students…

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Added by Ashley Link on February 18, 2015 at 7:48pm — No Comments

Google+

While reading one of the sources about project based learning, I started clicking around and stumbled upon a Google+ page fully dedicated to project based learning. Below is the link to the Google+ community I found - 

https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/105127936409761280514/stream/18142636-00f1-46b7-97d9-eb84966d996a

I am going to use my Google+ account…

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Added by Ashley Link on February 18, 2015 at 6:57pm — No Comments

Small Groups

Last Friday, BCPS offered additional professional development. Alaina and Wendy conducted a session about utilizing small groups in the classroom. We learned about it and then practiced what it could look like in the classroom. This was definitely a very helpful experience to further my use of table groups. 

After my GT class had an amazing experience with discussion techniques, it inspired me to restructure their class. They will do the basic opener, agenda/objectives routine and…

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Added by Ashley Link on February 18, 2015 at 6:25pm — No Comments

Discussion Techniques

BCPS has offered a couple of professional development days in the months of January and February - both of which were conducted by Alaina Bitzelberger.

In the first session, she and Wendy Prioleau provided multiple questioning and discussion techniques. They have worked hard in providing UDL examples within our professional development by allowing us to experience and take ownership of the training instead of just listening half-heartedly. From this session, I learned that placemats…

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Added by Ashley Link on February 18, 2015 at 6:20pm — No Comments

Flexibility

On February 2nd, our 7th graders that had zero incidents in STARS were rewarded with a party during 10th period. This ended up being a huge majority of my 10th period, leaving me with 7-9 children. Ms. Fortney teachers across from me and mentioned that it would be cool to have the 7th graders in there helping with 6th graders with the orders of operation. 

The 7th graders were very excited to help guide the 6th graders through the lesson. This provided the students to be working at…

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Added by Ashley Link on February 3, 2015 at 6:21pm — No Comments

Writing Meeting

For my SLO, my students had to be able to write an essay. I met with Alaina Bitzelberger to go over ways to best teach the students how to write appropriately. Throughout our conversation, we went through the various guidelines of UDL, which ranged from manipulative for students to physically move around parts of an essay, to videos and group practice of composing introduction and conclusions paragraphs. We also discussed having each group write a part of the essay and putting it together to…

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Added by Ashley Link on February 3, 2015 at 6:15pm — No Comments

UDL Meeting - 1/13/2015

Today at our first UDL meeting of the new year, we explored how yoga and UDL are related in the classroom. Not only was it a relaxing experience, but it was an eye opening experience. 

Yoga is absolutely relatable to UDL principles. Not only does it include the movement necessary for many students, it provides self reflection and regulation, choices in how to communicate with the instruction, choices in the scaffolds that are provided, and background knowledge was developed at…

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Added by Ashley Link on January 13, 2015 at 9:40pm — No Comments

Assistive technology

I thought that the most interesting point was the quote, "we are preparing our kids for jobs that aren't even created yet." I had read that there are a ton of new jobs that didn't exist in 2004, but that quote really hit home for me. Technology is a part of our everyday life, it might not be in yours but I know it is in mine, and even more so in future generations. How can we say we are preparing our kids for the future when we aren't providing them with things and skills they will need in the… Continue

Added by Ashley Link on March 27, 2014 at 4:15pm — No Comments

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