Tuesday, August 27, 2013

PARCC Prototypes

Dear Colleagues:

I want to share with you some task prototypes and samples developed for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).  They are designed in accordance with the Common Core State Standards, and include examples for English Language Arts and Mathematics.

Monday, August 12, 2013

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November seems like a long time from now, but once school starts, it will come quickly. 

If you haven't considered attending the NCTE annual conference, you should.  Here are some reasons:

It's in BOSTON!  You can sleep in your own bed every night!

Because it's so close, it's the least expensive it will ever be for people in Massachusetts.  Instead of leaving your classroom for days to travel, you can just miss a day or two.  Make sure to register by November 1, 2013 to save some money.

It's an amazing opportunity to talk to educators and authors from all over the world.  You will be on the cutting edge of the movements in the field. 

The variety of presentations and exhibits is incredible.  No matter what you teach, there will be many sessions for you to attend.  (Including mine: (Re)Inventing Non-Fiction in the Secondary ELA Classroom will take place on Friday, November 22 from 230 to 345.  Check the program for location!)

You can search the program for the sessions that matter most to you. 

Lots of famous authors and educators will be there.  You can meet them and get autographs and ask questions. 

People will live Tweet the event using #NCTE13. 

Hope to see you there!  I am really excited about this professional development opportunity. 

Monday, August 5, 2013

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Do you know what UDL (Universal Design for Learning) is?  Have you been trained a bit?  Have you heard of it but are not sure exactly what it would look like in your classroom?  To see the chart below, see this site.  The chart is the general organizing structure of the concepts of UDL.

Recently, I have seen two sites that have helped me a lot with UDL.

This site has the above graphic with added examples for teachers.  For example, if the issue is making vocabulary more defined for students, this site suggests highlighting terms.  This is an easy change a teacher could make.

And this site provides even more: for each of the checkpoints, it suggests resources, examples, and research to support the idea.

Enjoy these great UDL tools!