Sometimes in education we might feel bogged down with acronyms and find that our profession is being reduced to a series of letters to describe what we do. ("I teach in an IB school, mainly in the MYP years, which does cater well to our LD students, especially if we focus on using UDL and TPACK.") SOS!
Despite adding yet another acronym to our repertoire, I think you will find that taking a closer look at UDL, even for just a few minutes of your time will be well worth it.
What is UDL?
Here is a great, basic defintion from CAST.org:
Universal Design for Learning
is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn.
Here is a nice graphic that shows the UDL concept:
To continue building your knowledge of UDL, I would encourage you to create an account on the CAST UDL Lesson Builder site. Here you will be able to look at model UDL lesson plans that will show well how to take the UDL guidelines and incorporate them into a lesson.
Also, the CAST.org site is a valuable resource for understanding UDL. You can find a basic overview here.
Detailed descriptions of the UDL guidelines and ways to use them in the class room can be found here.
Finally, in the spirit of UDL, I revamped a lesson that I teach in my French 1 class, and tried to look at a variety of ways I could incorporate the UDL guidelines into this lesson. Please take a look at the lesson here. (The CAST UDL Lesson Builder site model was used for this lesson.)
Hopefully you will also find these principles intriguing and useful as you continue to revamp your lesson plans to meet the needs of all of our 21st century learners!