M-DCPS SLD/INCLUSION TEAM
Universal Design for Learning
Has Universal Design for Learning Helped YOU In Your Everyday Life?
Answer these questions to find out...
Have you used text messaging when conversing with friends?
When driving, have you noticed the road (i.e. 826 or 836) being spelled out for you to make sure you are in the correct exit lane? Have you used it to help you move over a lane?
Have you adjusted the seat in your car?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, then you have used Universal Design for Learning in your everyday life. Now, let's bring those same principals to make learning more accessible for our students!
How Can I Apply This In My Classroom?
Always ask yourself:
Do my students have a clear picture of what we are doing today and why we are doing it?
Do I present the material to my students in a variety of formats?
Do I begin my planning process by thinking about students' learning barriers and how I can work around them?
Start by establishing your WHY for learning the concept (succinct agenda at front, provide brief overview of what will be learned that day), WHAT you will do to teach the concept (multiple formats to account for strengths/needs of students), HOW the students will practice the concept.
Planning for differences FROM THE START and working in adaptations to allow all to access concept is what UDL is all about.
Watch David Rose briefly explain the Universal Design for Learning Guidelines (below).
Click on the picture to visit an interactive Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Guidelines Page with links