UDL & Differentiation

Individual Learning!

Universal Design for Learning

A set of principles for curriculum development that gives all students equal opportunities to learn.

Provides flexible approaches that can be adjusted for individual needs.

Differentiated Instruction

Instruction is individualized to meet the needs of EVERY learner.


Both UDL and differentiated instruction embraces student differences. Children are given every opportunity to learn in ways that is best for him or her.


UDL- Teachers anticipates problems then incorporates modifications in the beginning.

Differentiated Instructions

- Focuses a great deal on formative assessments

- Teachers are constantly assessing students and making adjustments in their instruction as they go.

Blending the Concepts

There are benefits to blending the concepts.

1. Children will receive the best of both worlds.

2. As they enter the classroom, they will be assessed continually and also receive extra help for any initial difficulties he or she may have.

How to present new info

1. Warm Ups

2. Use movement (foot stomping and hand clapping)

3. Mix up teaching styles

- have students pair up

How students will demonstrate their prior background knowledge

KWL Chart

Picture Books

ABC Brainstorming

Strategies to engage and motivate students

- Express clear expectations

- Set up buddy systems

- Motivate students by having them set goals

- Give students opportunities to interact in groups (jigsaw think-pair-share)


Hall, T., Strangman, N., & Meyer, A. (2011, January 14). Differentiated Instruction and implications for udl implementation. Retrieved from http://aim.cast.org/sites/aim.cast/org/files/DI_UDL.1.14.11.pdf


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