As educators, we must provide:
1. Multiple means of representation
Requires an understanding of students' unique styles for receiving input in the most optimal ways.
2. Multiple means of action/expression
Encourages the creation of a variety of appropriate choices for students to demonstrate understanding.
3. Multiple means of engagement
Guides us to find creative and diverse ways to encourage participation of individuals, pairs, or groups.
Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
Imagine a learning environment where all students, regardless of ability or challenges, are able to successfully access the curriculum. The principles behind UDL allow educators to differentiate both instruction and assessments based on individual student needs. UDL is a proactive approach that examines the "what" and "how" of learning, as well as the "why", allowing students to make choices in their education, which results in more meaningful learning experiences.
We must continually strive to improve our understanding of students' needs, as well as increase our repertoire of methodologies, to be able to maximize the potential for success for each student.
An educational therapist uses UDL to customize sessions, increase metacognition, and help students toward knowing how to use their strengths to compensate for any weaknesses.
For more information, please visit http://www.udlcenter.org/