Watch the Universal Dancers for Learning as they sing and dance their way to showing how UDL can work in your classroom.
Universal Design for Learning is all about flexibility and giving teachers and students lots of options. The more on ramps there are to a highway, the more likely everyone will be able to use it. The same is true with UDL – more options for teaching and learning makes your curriculum accessible to all students. While UDL is crucial for students with disabilities, it is also beneficial students without disabilities.
The three key principles of UDL are to provide:
- Multiple means of representation (ways for students to take in learning)
- Multiple means of expression (ways for students to express what they learned)
- Multiple means of engagement (ways for students to be motivated to learn)
As always, the first step in making any kind of change is to see where you are right now. How is your school already doing in terms of these UDL principles? Are you already offering students multiple means of representation, expression and engagement?
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