UDL: A Systematic Approach to Supporting Diverse Learners


This article is a MUST-READ for any educators who have diverse student populations in their classrooms.  Please make an effort to read it at http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/instructional-design/udl-a-systematic-approach-to-supporting-diverse-learners/


Advances in neuroscience and digital imaging give us an unprecedented understanding of how individuals access, process, and respond to information. Previously we may have had an intuitive understanding that our students learned differently. Now functional MRI scans demonstrate this in living color. However, simply recognizing learner diversity is one thing; navigating this challenge in the classroom is quite another. How can we possibly hope to present content, structure learning experiences, and devise assessments that will be appropriate and effective for students with different learning strengths and challenges? Fortunately, researchers have developed a framework based in neuroscience that can help.

Universal Design for Learning

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) offers a functional framework to understand and address this variability in our courses. The Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) outlines three principles that when systematically applied in the classroom help support diverse learners.


3 Ways to Plan for Diverse Learners: What Teachers Do


Interesting article with practical steps:  http://www.edutopia.org/blog/differentiated-instruction-ways-to-plan-john-mccarthy?utm_content=buffer141fa&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer


The Backchannel: Differentiation: Giving Every Student a Voice in the Blended Mobile Classroom



Working effectively with students who need more time to grasp a concepts is often difficult.  Back channeling can be a valuable tool in achieving the goal of working with ALL students.  Read a short excerpt here:

A backchannel — a digital conversation that runs concurrently with a face-to-face activity — provides students with an outlet to engage in conversation. Every time I think about this tool, I remember my student, Charlie (not his real name). Given his learning challenges, he struggled to keep up during class discussions. Long after his classmates grasped a concept, he would light up in acknowledgement and then become crestfallen as he had no way to share his revelation. Charlie needed an alternative means to participate, and a backchannel would have provided him with that outlet.



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Students Matter: 3 Steps for Effective Differentiated Instruction


Many teachers struggle with the demands of daily work and paying attention to the different learner needs in each child. Read more in this article reblogged from Edutopia: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/3-steps-effective-differentiated-instruction-john-mccarthy

TESOL Recorded Presentation: Structure Your Instruction for Differentiated Literacy Development


Check out this great resource!

21 Downloads for Differentiated Instruction



Check out http://bit.ly/HgB6XX for sample lesson plans, enrichment activities, assessment rubrics, and more for differentiated instruction.

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A Differentiation Video


by a KY teacher:

I found this video, and I think it’s a pretty interesting way to find time to preassess and differentiate for the various learners and their individual strengths and challenges (CLDs and native speakers). This teacher prerecords videos of lecture/definitions/key topics for students to view before class to familiarize themselves with the lesson ahead of time and actually do the practice in the classroom.


I’m trying to think through the practicality of it for CLD students.

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