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Universal Design for Learning: Creating a Learning Environment that Challenges and Engages All Students

Universal Design for Learning: Creating a Learning Environment that Challenges and Engages All Students

Related:  Universal Design for Learning and Brain Based Learning

Microsoft's Radical Bet On A New Type Of Design Thinking On one otherwise unremarkable day in May 2013, August de los Reyes fell out of bed and hurt his back. Forty-two years old at the time, he was just six months into his dream job at Microsoft: running design for Xbox and righting a franchise that was drifting due to mission creep. At first, de los Reyes was worried that the fall was serious; he went to the ER and was assured that he was fine.

Using Playlists to Differentiate Instruction Listen to my interview with Tracy Enos or read the transcript here. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 44:52 — 62.0MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | In our never-ending quest to find better ways to differentiate and personalize instruction for students, we have plenty of options. I covered a lot of the basics in my Differentiation Starter Kit. Then last year we learned how math teacher Natalie McCutchen manages a self-paced classroom.

UDL Versus Traditional Classrooms Tutorial Download PDF In this tutorial, we'll take a look at some of the differences between the traditional classroom environment and the environment in a classroom that embraces universal design for learning. We'll focus on four areas of differences-- student learning needs, student learning styles, classroom instruction, and assessment. Let's get started.

Has educational neuroscience actually had an impact on education so far? The last reason is that there are certain basic cognitive skills that need to be developed. It is, of course, important to teach content, but an educator also has to be mindful of the ways in which he or she teaches that content. We have to try to strengthen the basic skills that are necessary for learning. This concept – that the brain gets strengthened or reinforced through practice – is very important, and of course many teachers understand this, but it’s more than just practicing learning content. MyWays Learning MyWays Design for learning that leads to richer, deeper success for today’s students *Beta site Today’s students need to develop a broader and deeper set of competencies as they forge their futures in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing world. What competencies has your school defined for its students? Educators need to design schools and learning experiences that directly support success across these competencies for their students.

Lesson Plan: Neurodiversity: Negotiating the World… Differently Download the Lesson Plan Jump to: In this lesson, students explore how people who are “differently wired”–or not “neurotypical”–negotiate, view and interact with the world. As students learn about autism through the lens of individuals with autism, they analyze the wide range of perceptions, reactions and means of engagement among those on and off the autism spectrum. They determine how to embrace neurodiversity, and how everyone might recognize and accept the diverse ways all people function in a norm-prescriptive society. New National Academies Of Science Report Identifies Three Qualities Key To Student Success The National Academies of Sciences has just published one of their typically massive reports and this one, as they usually do, has some nuggets if you’re willing to wade through it all. The report is called “Supporting Students’ College Success: The Role of Assessment of Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Competencies,” but much – if not all – of it also has relevance to K-12 schools. The report is available for free download. Science Daily has nice, short, and sweet summary of the report.

Supporting Students' College Success: The Role of Assessment of Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Competencies Below is the uncorrected machine-read text of this chapter, intended to provide our own search engines and external engines with highly rich, chapter-representative searchable text of each book. Because it is UNCORRECTED material, please consider the following text as a useful but insufficient proxy for the authoritative book pages. PREPUBLICATION COPY, UNCORRECTED PROOFS Suppo orting Stud dents’ Colleg Success: The Role o Assessment ge of of Intrape ersonal and Interperso d onal Compettencies Commit on Assessing Intrape ttee ersonal and Interpersona Competen al ncies Joan Herman and Margaret H H d Hilton, Editor rs Board on Tes B sting and As ssessment Division of Behavioral an Social Sc D B nd ciences and E Education PREPUBLICATION COPY, UNCORRECTED PROOFS THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES PRESS 500 Fifth Street, NW Washington, DC 20001 This activity was supported by Contract /Grant No. 1460028 between the National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Foundation.

6 Strategies for Differentiated Instruction in Project-Based Learning Project-based learning (PBL) naturally lends itself to differentiated instruction. By design, it is student-centered, student-driven, and gives space for teachers to meet the needs of students in a variety of ways. PBL can allow for effective differentiation in assessment as well as daily management and instruction. PBL experts will tell you this, but I often hear teachers ask for real examples, specifics to help them contextualize what it "looks like" in the classroom. Three Books I’m Buying after Attending the #UDL4Justice Conference I was fortunate to attend and present at CAST’s Third Annual UDL Symposium last week in Boston, MA. The theme of this year’s conference was UDL for Social Justice: Using Universal Design for Learning to Educate Underserved Learners. Universal Design for Learning is such a critical framework that drives our work at Goalbook, so it was compelling to hear Allison Posey of CAST (@AllisonAposey) kick off the conference by proposing a huge perspective shift for the UDL community. The shift being that the purpose of UDL is not merely to create access but to create a more just school system for ALL students. My Post #UDL4Justice Reading List While the conference deepened my understanding of how UDL and Social Justice are related, it also made me realize how much more I have to learn.

Things I’m Sick of Hearing as a Person With a Disability As parents of kids with disabilities, we want our children to be treated with dignity and respect. But what if we as parents don’t model that? I’m going to say something that I suspect will make a lot of people uncomfortable: sometimes we are the ones who treat our children in undignified ways. When I first realized I was guilty of this, it broke me. Looking back at my own blog entries from years past, I can’t help but notice the language I used and the over-sharing of personal details about my children. It turns out that even as a parent, I need to look at my own disability attitudes.

In this module, the IRIS Center walks you through the five steps to create a learning environment that challenges and engages all types of learners. “This module examines the three principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and discusses how to apply these principles to the four curricular components (i.e. goals, instructional materials, instructional methods, and assessments).” by eringough Jan 20