UDL stands for Universal Design for Learning.
It is an acronym for a system that describes good teaching similar to what we are learning in PEAK training and in IB training.Now that we are 1:1, UDL is perfectly suited to blend with personalized learning since it involves acknowledging each learner's uniqueness so Mr. Parkins asked me to present this brief introduction to UDL .
UDL detractors might say," Why should I retool my lessons? Isnt that coddling students? Shouldn't the students buckle up and learn now that not all teachers will accomodate their special needs?" but the role of the teacher is no longer just to dispense information. Every child has unique learning needs: gifted, special ed, and even unidentified.
It may be that you as a student found a way to make the traditional teaching style work for your and while that is great and some of your students will find ways to work around their difficulties, why not do something proven more efficient and effective? especially whenmany students are battling issues you may not be able to see from the outside. (please click that link to experience what some are like)
UDL teaches that, rather than writing separate lesson plans for each child (the old, incredibly time-inefficient, and possibly apocryphal definition of "differentiation"), we teachers should create lessons that appeal to all learners and incorporate differentiation via built in multiple modalites as well as choice.
UDL is IB
- from http://www.ibo.org/globalassets/digital-tookit/flyers-and-artworks/inclusive-education-en.pdf
Three Principals of UDL:
Principle I. Provide Multiple Means of Representation
Guideline 1: Provide options for perception
Guideline 2: Provide options for language, mathematical expressions, and symbols
Guideline 3: Provide options for comprehension
Principle II. Provide Multiple Means of Action and Expression
Guideline 4: Provide options for physical action
Guideline 5: Provide options for expression and communication
Guideline 6: Provide options for executive functions
Principle III. Provide Multiple Means of Engagement
Guideline 7: Provide options for recruiting interest
Guideline 8: Provide options for sustaining effort and persistence
Guideline 9: Provide options for self-regulation
Source URL: http://www.udlcenter.org/implementation/examples
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