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Universal Design for Learning (UDL)-a framework for supporting in classrooms

This year I am very excited to be learning about--and planning lessons with--Universal Learning Design. For now, I will give an overview of UDL. As I plan with it I will share lessons and ideas with you that will help illustrate the process!

Loui Lord Nelson writes that "UDL is a framework that guides the shift from designing learning environments and lessons with potential barriers to designing barrier-free, instructionally rich learning environments and lessons that provide access to all students" (Design and Deliver, p. 2).

What does that mean?

Well, it means...

  • I am planning with teachers to provide accommodations and modifications to lessons and independent work so that all students in the classroom can show what they know.
  • When you visit classrooms, you may see some students taking notes, some students high-lighting already printed notes, and some students filling in key words on notes that are partially done.
  • Desks and tables will be at different heights in one classroom.
  • Some students may work during Math with base ten blocks while others may be writing equations
Here is a link to an informative website on UDL. I will be writing tidbits all year!

This area will become a featured student each week....

Please check back for more on this!

Here are some snapshots of learning from this year so far!

Homework Help--vocabulary

This week I'd like to focus on two vocabulary words that you're probably seeing in your student's Math homework. We also use these terms in class!

1. Compose--Composing a number deals with understanding what a number is made of. For example, 356 is "composed" of 3 hundreds, 5 tens, and 6 ones. So 300+50+6=356

2. Decompose--Decomposing a number deals with breaking a number into smaller parts. For example, 25=2 tens and 5 ones, or 20+5.

Here is a link that has more examples and more information on these concepts.