UDL and Differentiation

EDU 673 Discussion 1 Week 4

What is Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

UDL is a framework for flexible learning environments that ensures all students have access to the same curriculum and learning opportunities as their peers (Puckett, 2013).
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What is Differentiation?

Differentiation is a form of inclusive practice; the attitudes, approaches and strategies that ensure all students feel equally valued, and are not excluded, or isolated from the learning environment due to their different learning styles, abilities or background (Puckett, 2013)
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Compare and Contrast UDL and Differentiation...

  • Both gives students access to the same curriculum as their peers
  • Both provide various means of instruction from the teacher
  • Both adapt to learning difference of each student
  • Both value diversity in the classroom
  • Both allow students to be engaged in the classroom

Contrast UDL

  • Focuses more on results based on the engagement of the students
  • Takes time to implement in the classroom
  • Focuses on multiple means of representation of content, expression and engagement
  • Focuses more on students with learning disabilities (Tomlinson, 2000)

Contrast Differentiation

  • Focuses on assisting students with or without learning disabilities
  • Focuses on the process of how students learn, the demonstrations of their learning, and the environment in which they learn
  • Focuses more on creating class activities (Kratz, 2013)

Blending the concepts in your classroom...

I envision blending these concepts in the classroom by using the centers and group activities and through effective instruction. In my classroom, these concepts are visible mostly through our center time as well as small and large group time. Each child is able to choose which center they want to go to and explore that center for one hour. As an educator, we must meet the needs of all children in the classroom. Utilizing both of these methods can meet those needs of the children in my class being that my classroom is fairly diverse. I will make adjustments and modifications that are needed within the objective, as well implement learning based activities that interest the students.

Presenting New Information...

As a teacher, I will present new information in many ways. I will administer pre-assessments which will check the see what students know prior to learning new information. I will use oral presentations, KWL Charts, ebooks, videos and the use of technology. I will use whatever it is that is necessary for children to obtain the knowledge needed to progress to the next level.

How Students will Demonstrate Prior Knowledge...

Students will demonstrate their prior knowledge through assessment and evaluation as well through observation. Using the assessments I will gain knowledge of what the students know and have learned, or even need to work on. I will also use KWL charts to collect this data as well. I will also use open ended questions during group time.

Strategies to Engage and Motivate Students...

I will use differentiated instruction in my classroom by encouraging classroom engagement and participation. I will allow students to work in groups and/or individually. I will encourage my students to use their critical thinking skills, creativity, communication skills, and collaboration skills.


Puckett, K. (2013). Differentiating Instruction: A Practical Guide. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education.

Tomlinson, C.A. (2000). Differentiation of instructions in the elementary grades. ERIC Digest. Eric clearinghouse of Elementary and Early childhood Education.