Universal Design for Learning: What Educators Need to Know


As a teacher, one of the best ways to help students is by reducing barriers to learning. Introduced by educational researchers in the early 2000s, the Universal Design for Learning provides a framework for offering individualized support and inclusion to students. Why UDL is valuable.

Universal Design for Learning: Meeting the needs of all students

Ditch That Textbook

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When the Variability of All Learners Is Addressed

ED Surge

As an education community, we are beginning to understand the depth of the pandemic’s impact, especially on our students of color, our English Language learners and our students with disabilities. What are the tools that the students may need for independence and autonomy?’

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Combatting the Challenges of Whole Group Lessons with Blended Learning

Catlin Tucker

Blended learning is the thoughtful design and facilitation of learning experiences that strive to shift control from teacher to learner by weaving together active, engaged learning online and offline. Below are the benefits and challenges of being a student in a whole group lesson.

Promoting Literacy: Cultivate a Reading Culture

Catlin Tucker

However, encouraging students to read in and out of class is challenging as small screens command much of their time and attention. It is becoming increasingly difficult to pry students away from Snapchat, Netflix, Spotify, Instagram, and video games to read anything longer than a snippet.

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What Is Your Classroom’s Learning Foundation?


For Elizabeth Stein, the foundation that undergirds successful classrooms is student engagement. How do teachers measure the depth of their engagement and reinforce it? Co-Teaching Fundamentals Two Teachers in the Room co-teaching collaborative learning curiosity Elizabeth Stein foundation growth mindset student engagement two teachers in the room UDLStein shares ideas and resources about curiosity-building, effective feedback and more.

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.

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


After all, the more options students are given to complete assignments, the more likely it is they’ll find one that interests them. 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.

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Personalizing Field Trips by Putting Students in Charge

Catlin Tucker

Even if all the moving parts–budget, chaperones, scheduling– fall into place, some students find the whole experience lackluster. Going back to my fundamental law of teaching that states, “Thou shall place the heavy lifting of learning back onto the students.”

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The Station Rotation Model

Catlin Tucker

I wanted students to collaborate, communicate, and create at that online station using the devices as a tool. It was exciting to see how the addition of a single device enabled my students to drive their learning and engage in meaningful student-centered learning activities.

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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).

4 Trends to Watch in Education

Catlin Tucker

Students continue to struggle with trauma and learning loss. Accommodating students in quarantine. Providing alternatives for immunocompromised staff and students. Reciprocal Nature of Engagement, Job Satisfaction, and Self-Efficacy. UDL and Blended Learning.

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Dangerously Irrelevant

Here’s some of what I wrote: ENGAGEMENT UDL Guideline(s): Recruiting Interest, Sustaining Effort & Persistence, Self Regulation Tool(s): Blogging platforms such as WordPress or Squarespace. One such tool for me when it comes to the UDL principle of Engagement is a blog.

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Teacher Tips: Starting the Year with Station Rotation

Catlin Tucker

The station rotation model is a great way to introduce your class expectations to a new group of students while simultaneously building relationships and developing your class community. I wanted those first weeks to be engaging and interesting. .

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Multiple Choice

Digital Promise

One of the key elements of the curriculum-design approach known as Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is student engagement — creating opportunities for students to become engaged and stay motivated, to believe that what they’re learning is important, and to feel capable in their learning. a vibrant and accessible teaching guide packed with strategies for implementing Common Core standards using UDL. Among the many action points in UDL Now!

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10 Awesome Courses To Improve Your Online Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

In a flipped classroom, students watch lectures and other lesson content on video. Afterward, during the actual class time, students work on problems with their teacher’s help. Check out Designing Online Assessments for Students — a course that can help you in this area.

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Blended Learning: Designing with Balance in Mind

Catlin Tucker

I am concerned about the impact that the imbalances in education have on teacher engagement and job satisfaction. So, students should do the heavy cognitive lift of making meaning and applying their learning. Students must share the responsibility for learning.

Introduction to Design Thinking for Educators Workshop

User Generated Education

I then had the participating educators familiarize themselves with Squishy Circuits to prepare them for the upcoming design challenge and to deepen their engagement with the workshop content. Design Thinking Process and UDL Planning Tool for STEM, STEAM, Maker Education. Design Thinking Process and UDL Planning Tool for STEM, STEAM, Maker Education developed by Barbara Bray and me was then introduced to the participants.

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Farewell, 2020: Lessons Learned

Catlin Tucker

My research made it clear that two of the most significant factors impacting teacher engagement was the depth of our relationships with students and our relationships with our colleagues. 3 Students are capable of self-directed learning. 4 Ask students for feedback.

How to Maximize the 4 C’s in Your Classroom


One call to action in these standards was to prepare students for the“21st century” by ensuring students are college and career ready. Evidence of the need for these 4 C’s is embedded in Universal Design for Learning (UDL). The Gist: Students read and annotate a short passage.

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Curriculum Associates Launches Magnetic Reading to Help Students Build Confidence While Mastering Critical Reading Skills

eSchool News

New supplemental reading program for Grades 3–5 engages students with grade-level content using culturally relevant texts. Magnetic Reading works seamlessly with i-Ready® Assessment, which provides data-driven insights about each student’s skill level.

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Coronavirus Has Led to a Rush of Online Teaching. Here’s Some Advice for Newly Remote Instructors


I'd rather that you do that for your students, for yourself than to cancel all the classes,” she argues. Think Shorter If it’s hard to hold students’ attention in person, it’s even harder online, says Stachowiak: “You'll want to think about shortening that experience.

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21 Top Professional Development Topics For Teachers Now

Cool Cat Teacher

They fit into the categories of SEL, digital instruction, engagement/management, and leadership. To better relate, we have to understand where students are emotionally so that we can connect with them , get them any extra help they might need, and move them forward.

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Part 3: Tech Resources and Tools for Differentiated Learning … Writing Process

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

One deals with the actual writing process and the others provides tools and resources for various writing opportunities and student engagement In this post I will deal the first concept and the following posts will explore that wide range of writing and engagement opportunities. I believe that the DI classroom must provide students some self autonomy when participating in the writing process. This tool is geared toward middle school and high school students.

My Edublog Awards Nominations for 2011


This is all in addition to her dedication to interpersonal engagement on Twitter. Best new blog- all4mychild presents incredibly thoughtful and sophisticated evaluations of apps (and books, in their books4all branch) and bridges student engagement with tech tools into other activities that elicit real-world, functional communication. It''s that time already.

April 22 Learning Revolution Mini-Conference: Emergency Remote Teaching & Learning: Survive, Thrive, & Plan for What Comes Next

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

SESSIONS: ENGAGING ONLINE LEARNERS (60 minutes) 10:00 AM US-Eastern Daylight Time Click here to see the time in your own time zone Motivating students to learn can be a challenge. How do we hold their attention, develop their abilities, and engage them in the online forum?

Wednesday's "Emergency Remote Teaching & Learning" Mini-Conference - New Sessions Added

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Bell 5:00 PM A 7-step Plan to Improve Your Online Learning Program for Maximum Student Engagement (60 minutes) with Ernie Delgado 8:00 PM Learning and Leading During Emergency Remote Teaching (60 minutes) with A.J. He likes the results a lot, and his students do, too.