This teacher needs to and she's got a very group of students. And so does this teacher. And this one. Most do. In fact, shows that the way people learn is as unique as their fingerprints.
What does this mean for teachers of today?
Classrooms are highly diverse and from the start to meet this diversity. Universal Design for Learning is an to curriculum that and maximizes learning for all students.
Woah! That's a fancy term - Universal Design for Learning. Let's unpack it a bit. Let's think about the word Universal.
By "Universal" we mean curriculum that can be used and understood by everyone. Each learner in a classroom brings their own , , needs, and interests. Curriculum should provide for each and every student. Now let's think about the word "Learning".
Learning is not one thing. tells us that our brains have three broad networks, one for recognition (The "What" of learning), one for (The "How" of learning) and one for (The "Why" of learning). Students need to gain knowledge, skills, and for learning and a curriculum needs to help them do all three.
But every learner is unique and . So how do we make a curriculum that ? This is where the word "Design" comes in.
A "Universally designed" building is planned to be flexible and to with and without disabilities. It turns out that if you design for those "in the margins,"your building works better for everyone. Curb cuts and ramps are used by people in wheelchairs, people with strollers, and people on bikes. Captioning on TV serves people who are , people learning English, people in gyms, and spouses who get to sleep at different times!
UDL takes this idea and applies it to the design of flexible curriculum. UDL goes beyond access because we need to build in . So how do we use the UDL framework to make learning goals, methods, materials and that work for everyone?
First ask yourself: "What is my goal? What do I want my students to know, do and care about?"Then ask: "What barriers in the classroom with my diverse students' reaching these goals?" To eliminate the barriers, use the three UDL principles to create so that each student can progress.
1. . Present content and information in and provide . Use and animations, , activate , and support vocabulary so that students can the knowledge being taught.
2. Provide . Give students plenty of options for expressing what they know and , feedback, and supports for their different .
3. Provide multiple . What fires up one student won't fire up another! Give students to . Help them risk mistakes and learn from them. If they love learning, they will persist through challenges! And remember, always keep in mind the learning goal. Get rid of barriers caused by the curriculum, and keep the challenge where it belongs! And that's it.
Okay, quick re-cap: show the information in different ways. Allow your students to approach learning tasks and demonstrate what they know in different ways. And offer options that engage students - and keep their interest. Universal Design for Learning equals for all.