What is UDL and how does it directly affect my work as a math support teacher?
The goals of this PD module are included below with links to the pages we will explore in each activity during our workshop.
- Describe the historical foundations of Universal Design and the applications to learning.
- Examine the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and applications for teaching and learning
- Describe the connection between neuroscience, brain research, and education.
- Describe the relationship between UDL principles and the three primary neural networks
- Understand the principles of UDL and how to engage learners in lessons.
Principle I: Representation (How will you teach the content and/or how will students learn the information
Principle II: Action and Expression (How will the students show you what they know?)
Principle III: Engagement (How will you engage students in the content?)
- Evaluate a lesson for barriers and use UDL principles to improve that lesson
- Explore the Educator Checklist to identify specific tools to provide flexible options in your classroom.
- Reflect on the use of UDL principles in your work and in practice
Presentation from our workshop: Reaching all learners in elementary math
- Observe a lesson and use the UDL Educator Checklist as you watch a math lesson.
- Bring back your ideas, observations and a brief description of the lesson including objectives and mathematical practices students and teachers were engaged in.
- Talk with some students, what do they like/dislike about learning math? Talk with teachers about what their favorite lesson is and why. Reflect on how they are teaching the content, how they engage students and how students show them what they know.