Universal Design for Learning emerged 10 years ago as a barrier free approach to teaching and learning. Educators who have included it in their practice have shared that it has revolutionized their teaching practice. The changes they have observed in student participation and learning has encouraged them to continue learning more about UDL. UDL is a framework, a set of guidelines to help teachers consider individual student learning needs in a way that allows them to plan one lesson, one curriculum that every student can access at his or her own level. You can start small or start big with UDL. You can do it alone or bring a colleague, your school or district with you.
UDL is an educational framework. This is an introductory overview of what UDL is and how you can begin implementing its principles in your classroom.
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BC schools and districts have been implementing Universal Design for Learning for the past 10 years. Read about some of the UDL initiatives around the province.
Implementing UDL will look different in every classroom but there are some common elements that are key to successful implementation..
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Response to Intervention is a framework that focuses on proactively preventing failure by providing increasing levels of intervention as needed.
Differentiated Instruction is a framework that responds to unique learner needs by differentiating content, process, product and the learning environment.
Problem Based Learning is a student-driven learning strategy where students learn through solving specific case studies using the jigsaw method.
Project Based Learning allows students to “learn by doing”. Students apply their knowledge to authentic problems and produce a product that synthesizes their learning.
Flipped Classroom is a teaching strategy where students view video content online at home and ‘homework’ is completed in class.
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