Brain Networks

Brain Networks

Universal Design for Learning is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone–not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs.

Individuals bring a huge variety of skills, needs, and interests to learning. Neuroscience reveals that these differences are as varied and unique as our DNA or fingerprints. Three primary brain networks come into play:  Affective Networks (The WHY of learning), Recognition Networks (The WHAT of learning), and Strategic Networks (The HOW of learning).

The links below will take you to the CAST website and allow you to explore more about about each network:

Recognition Network

Strategic Network

Affective Network

Download the worksheet on Brain Networks and UDL

If you are interested in learning more about applying advances in neuroscience to the classroom, read Brain Rules!  It is an excellent text for educators.  Check out John Medina’s interactive website!

Additional related resources:

Brain Rules Summary You Tube link


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