May 26th, 2020

UDL Opportunity

With our recent transition to distance learning, we are provided an opportunity to engage our students through Universal Designed Learning. Providing choices and scaffolded activities through which students may explore and learn at their own pace and depth will allow for more individualized learning and assessment. Moving students away from the 'memorize the material' lessons and toward actually exploring and investigating phenomenon and reporting upon their investigations creates better problem solvers and students better equipped to take on and successfully navigate lifes' many challenges.

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I appreciate your thinking. Its past time to transform education into a student-centered system focused on subject mastery embracing the professional desires of students. It is to our advantage to guide students through the use of technology to support their creative as well as professional interest.
K-12 can not return to "one size fits all"

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Leslie,
I love that you are bringing up how important UDL is in its relationship to SEL! So much of the success of UDL is dependent upon teacher/student relationships, ethics, and perseverance which is inextricably linked to SEL skills! And likewise, how well can teachers support SEL skills if they are only allowed to provide cookie-cutter lessons/online sites that don't provide for student voice/choice/creativity? With distance learning learning, it's not just about how we can meet students' explicit SEL needs. We need to consider how the academics we are providing can lower anxiety and promote engagement through UDL lessons.

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Hi Leslie:

How might an approach like this be adapted to students who are struggling to keep up during distance learning? Or, even more challenging, students who don't have the technology needed to even attend distance learning classes?

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Hi Cindy,
Thank you for your response. Very good questions. I am planning on extending my UDL practices/lessons to include interventions linked to the lesson. The beauty of my independent learning site is that I have individual meetings with my students in which we discuss their progress, I add instruction and determine where they may need additional supports. The technology issue is huge. Districts that have already gone one to one with Chromebooks for students are set up nicely. Connectivity and internet service has been a challenge for some students. Connecting with providers to offer low cost internet connectivity as well as having communities offer wi fi hot spots could be a solution. There are many ways to make certain the delivery of service and lessons are equitable. It takes creativity and a willingness of the community to work together, for our kids.

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