Removing Barriers with UDL and Blended Learning

Catlin Tucker

Like many, this teacher felt intense pressure to teach the standards and wasn’t sure how to embrace Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and blended learning. Yet, some teaching strategies create barriers that impede student progress.

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UDL for Adult Learners: Guidelines and Strategies

Digital Promise

“The best thing about Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is that it keeps the rigor of content and standards, but allows for flexibility in the way learners come to their own understanding of the material,” says Jason Marshall of YouthBuild USA. In this webinar, Jason and one of the YouthBuild USA Teaching Fellows, Jo Forman, talk about why UDL is important when working with adult learners, and they outline several UDL guidelines and give strategies for using UDL in the classroom.

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UDL and Blended Learning: Removing Barriers with Design

Catlin Tucker

In my new book with Dr. Katie Novak, UDL and Blended Learning , I share a story about working with an architect to design a new home after my family lost our house in the Tubbs Fire in 2017. Yet, when we think about many of the instructional strategies we have used for years (e.g.,

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Prepare For Fall: Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Blended Learning Self-paced Online Course

Catlin Tucker

Katie Novak and I wrote UDL and Blended Learning: Thriving in Flexible Learning Landscapes to support teachers in developing a mindset, skill set, and toolset nimble enough to traverse any teaching and learning landscape with confidence. Module 1: Introduction to UDL.

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5 Strategies to Engage Learners Around Flipped Instruction

Catlin Tucker

They relied on videos out of necessity to explain concepts and model strategies while students learned from home. Engagement Strategy #1 Pair the Video with Questions. Engagement Strategy #2 Pair the Video with a Guided Note Template, Concept Map, or Graphic Organizer.

Learning for All with UDL in the Classroom

MiddleWeb

ELA educator Cheryl Mizerny invites you to have fun developing your own UDL-enhanced unit. The former special ed teacher details how using Universal Design for Learning helps all learners grow, then she shares her argumentative writing unit enhanced with UDL practices. It's Not Easy Being Tween UDL Strategies argumentative writing CAST Center for Applied Special Technology Cherl Mizerny special education UDL Universal Design for Learning

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Throw out Learning Styles and Replace it with UDL

The CoolCatTeacher

Throw out Learning Styles and Replace it with UDL. So the focus in the classroom is really developing great independent learning skills, based upon who they are, using the UDL lens of Access , Engage , and Express. There are some things that I have on my blog, that we’ve done before on UDL that we’ll link to, and personalized learning and that sort of thing. Where do we start understanding UDL. UDL has been around a little while.

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#6: 5 ways to leverage UDL for student inclusivity

eSchool News

Inclusive educators often use Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to provide students with consistent access to engaging content and effective paths for achieving educational goals in classrooms where they experience a greater sense of belonging. UDL, which is a set of principles for curriculum development that aims to provide all students an equal opportunity to learn, can be used by educators at any grade level or subject area. Use varied strategies to present content.

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A perfect pairing: UDL and PLCs

eSchool News

Related content: 5 ways our centralized LMS supports UDL. One such framework is Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDL is a standards-based framework for inclusive education that aims to eliminate barriers to learning and optimize each individual’s opportunity to learn. UDL recognizes that a one-size-fits-all curriculum doesn’t meet the needs of all students.

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Applying UDL Each Day to Help All Learners

MiddleWeb

Offering 365 ways to teach and challenge all learners, Paula Kluth's Universal Design Daily provides many fresh and tried and true ideas for incorporating UDL into the classroom, says special education teacher Stacy Thorpe. Book Reviews Universal Design for Learning and lesson design collaboration CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform learning environment Paula Kluth strategies technology UDL

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Research Based Strategies for Distance Learning with Dr. Matthew Rhoads

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Research-Based Strategies for Distance Learning with Dr. Matthew Rhoads Dr. Matthew Rhoads is teaching at a distance and coaching other teachers to improve their teaching as well.

Putting UDL to Practice for Increased Engagement in a Standards-Based Learning Environment

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Educators who provide students with learning experiences based on the principles of UDL (Universal Design for Learning) can greatly boost the engagement of ALL learners, not just students with significant learning needs. . What is UDL? A UDL classroom is carefully crafted to provide ALL students with multiple opportunities for learning and growth. For a great overview of UDL, please watch this CAST video, UDL at a Glance. Putting the UDL Principles to Practice.

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Universal Design for Learning: What Educators Need to Know

Waterford

The Universal Design for Learning (also known by its abbreviation UDL and occasionally just “universal learning”) is an educational framework designed by CAST, an educational research organization located in Boston. Additionally, you can use UDL to boost student motivation.

5 ways to leverage UDL for student inclusivity

eSchool News

Inclusive educators often use Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to provide students with consistent access to engaging content and effective paths for achieving educational goals in classrooms where they experience a greater sense of belonging. UDL, which is a set of principles for curriculum development that aims to provide all students an equal opportunity to learn, can be used by educators at any grade level or subject area. Use Varied Strategies to Present Content.

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Choice Boards: Benefits, Design Tips & Differentiation

Catlin Tucker

Standards-aligned boards Strategy-specific boards Thematic boards Review and practice boards Project or performance task boards. Strategy-specific Choice Boards. Strategy-specific boards present learners with a variety of strategies to select from and can be used repeatedly.

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Free Conference! Design and Delivery in a Blended Learning Jungle

The CoolCatTeacher

You’ll learn strategies to help students use technology to support their writing goals with Christopher Bugaj. UDL and Reading Online. Jason Carroll will tackle helping us understand how to use UDL as we help every child become a successful reader. Tools and Strategies.

How shifting to a UDL mindset enhances Common Core

eSchool News

General education teachers have had to learn and apply new instructional strategies to address the new standards and the vision that the standards embody, particularly universal design for learning. Common Core Professional Development Special Education ccss professional development UDL Universal Design for LearningWhen special and general ed teachers collaborate, everyone benefits.

CAST UDL Book Builder

SpeechTechie

CAST is a Massachusetts-based organization promoting UDL, or Universal Design for Learning. The UDL Book Builder is designed to present books created by educators in a way that is accessible to all, with a screen-reader and skill-building helpers built into the site. Pedro, Hall and Monty can be clicked on during the book to pose strategy-based questions related to the text and pictures. auditory comprehension UDL

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Promoting Literacy: Cultivate a Reading Culture

Catlin Tucker

Below are strategies and resources I’ve used to cultivate a reading culture in my classroom. My students found it tedious to write a summary every time they read, yet I needed a strategy to gain insight into their reading comprehension. Guest post written by Amy Tobener-Talley.

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Blended Learning: Design a Mini-playlist that Allows Students to Control the Pace of Their Learning

Catlin Tucker

After reading Catlin Tucker’s blog post, 5 Strategies to Engage Learners Around Flipped Instruction , I was inspired to reflect on and revise a mini-unit I designed focusing on the short film Alike by Daniel Martinez Lara and Rafa Cano Méndez.

4 frameworks to level up your lesson planning

Ditch That Textbook

I’ve found several strategies, tips and tricks to make lesson planning more meaningful and effective. Lesson planning Teaching dok ISTE standards lesson planning lesson plans revised blooms taxonomy udlIn the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s so easy to let our lesson plans move down our priority list. And when that happens, our classes can lack the impact they might have otherwise. Thankfully, there’s hope.

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Tips, Tricks and Tools to Build Your Inclusive Classroom Through UDL

Edsurge

Many educators know it as the building blocks behind Universal Design for Learning, or UDL. Developed by CAST , UDL is comprised of three guiding principles that seek to increase engagement and accessibility: Providing learners with multiple means of engagement; representation; and action and expression. UDL is not a special ed thing or even a general ed thing. UDL is not a special ed thing or even a general ed thing. Find ways to infuse UDL into learning activities.

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The Station Rotation Model

Catlin Tucker

Depending on the grouping strategy a teacher uses, they should be thinking about how they can differentiate by adjusting their explanations, models, word choice, scaffolds, and supports to ensure every student can access the information or tasks presented.

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Great Ways to Embrace Virtual Learning and Increase Student Engagement

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Join us as we extend the walls of the classroom and demonstrate how to engage students in the writing process through peer editing, progress monitoring, and classroom management strategies, all outside of the boundaries of the physical classroom.

#InnovateInsideTheBox Instagram Book Study! (Starting January 22)

The Principal of Change

I am excited to announce that Katie Novak and I will be starting an Instagram book study on January 22, 2020, on my co-authored book, “ Innovate Inside the Box: Empowering Learners Through UDL and the Innovator’s Mindset.”

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5 strategies to improve the learning experience for K12 students

eSchool News

Related: So you think you understand UDL? Here are five strategies that I use in my classroom, rooted in an Instructional Design Framework , that other teachers can use to bring powerful learner experiences to their classrooms. From retailers to restaurants, advances in user experience (UX) are transforming nearly every facet of our lives. Customer satisfaction is shaped by more than just the content, products, and transactions that take place.

Differentiating Instruction with Technology

EdTechTeacher

It focuses on utilizing teaching strategies that provide students with multiple options for taking in and processing information, making sense of ideas, and then expressing their learning. It is the process by which teachers utilize a variety of tools and strategies to meet the needs of their diverse group of students. UDL Framework from CAST. UDL can help meet the needs of the widest range of student variability. Blog Rosey McQuillan #UDL

Great Ways to Embrace Virtual Learning and Increase Student Engagement

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Join us as we extend the walls of the classroom and demonstrate how to engage students in the writing process through peer editing, progress monitoring, and classroom management strategies, all outside of the boundaries of the physical classroom.

Making Equity Visible in Inclusive Classrooms

MiddleWeb

She offers four key strategies (with supporting resources) that align specifically with co-teaching strengths and student abilities. Classroom Equity Two Teachers in the Room change classroom organization diverse abilities Elizabeth Stein equity inclusive classroom participation Passion two teachers in the room UDLTo meet the learning needs of students with diverse abilities in inclusion classrooms, NBCT Elizabeth Stein suggests a focus on equity.

Are You Co-Teaching or Just Taking Turns?

MiddleWeb

Co-Teaching Teams Two Teachers in the Room co-teaching Elizabeth Stein inclusion specialized instruction strategies two teachers in the room UDLToo often co-teaching teams simply take turns as they focus on general student needs, rather than blending their strengths to serve all the learners in the room. Co-teaching coach Elizabeth Stein shares some ideas and resources to build strong partnerships.

Universal Design for Learning and Blended Learning: Engagement

Catlin Tucker

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework that is based on a scientific understanding of how people learn. The goal of UDL is to design “barrier-free, instructionally rich learning environments and lessons that provide access to all students” (Nelson, 2).

How a Spoonful of Sugar Helped Our Book Study

MiddleWeb

Articles Reading 21st century classroom Amanda Xavier ISTE Mary Poppins reading strategies Rose Reissman UDL whole novels6th grade teacher Amanda Xavier was skeptical when colleague Rose Reissman suggested a Mary Poppins book study, but their multimedia approach was a hit. “If If a very old fashioned nanny can bring smiles and make modern kids sit up in class and take note, I say, ‘Cheerio’!”.

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Growing from the Contributions of the Learners in Our Classrooms

The Principal of Change

Currently, I am teaching a course with UPenn titled “Building a Strong Foundation for Universal Design for Learning and Innovation,” which is part of a UDL certificate program taught with my friend and colleague, Dr. Katie Novak. (

Inclusion and Autism Spectrum Disorder

MiddleWeb

With recent studies showing a marked increase in students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, teacher Joanne Bell finds Inclusion and Autism Spectrum Disorder a helpful resource for understanding ASD and for finding effective strategies to support students. Denning environment eye on education inclusion Joanne Bell prevalence Routledge social skill UDL

Facilitate a Writing Workshop in the Virtual Classroom

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Join us as we extend the walls of the classroom and demonstrate how to engage students in the writing process through peer editing, progress monitoring, and classroom management strategies, all outside of the boundaries of the physical classroom.