UDL and Differentation

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UDL and Differentation

Prior Knowledge

Coopertaive learning, problem-based learning, Backwards Design are all strategies that teachers can use to teach new information in a differentiated format. New information can also be presented by scaffolding, demonstrating, presentations, videos, and multi-media formats that give information and ask questions periodically. Students may also work hands-on with materials to discover new information by their own experiments and hypothesis.

Compare: Both UDL and Differentiation meet the individual needs of each student by providing different instructional strategies to meet different learning needs. Contrast: UDL does not consider current level of readiness by determining what students already know and it gives broad definitions for instruction while Differentiation provides a vast myriade of methods and approaches to meet each need of each student at each individual level and apporach.

UDL and Differentiation

New Information

Two Concepts

New information can be presented to students using differentiation and UDL by KWL Charts: Charts that state what student knows, what you want them to learn, and what they did learn. Vidoes can be used as the catalysts to find out what students already know by asking students to write the things they already knew and what they learned that was new. Bubble Maps and Concept Maps can be used to present new information and help give students a visual to connecting ideas and information.

What do they already know?

Both concepts UDL and Differentiation can be very easily blended in teaching methods by providing multiple options to student learning on any subject matter. Some options that will be made available will be cooperative learning, problem-based learning, backwards design and a myriad of visual, audio, and hands-on options as well. Materials, environment, supplies, and freedom to explore information by choice of formatting will be the general practice of the classroom instruction.

Motivation explains why people think and behave as they do. When students can see that what they are learning makes sense, is important to them, or is valude, their intrinsic motivation increases. Intrinsic motivation will be supported and encouraged by providing material and lesson plans that are cutlurally relevant and provide meaningful learning experiences for the students. Information will be presented and explored by connecting data, concepts, and new ideas with real life scenarios. Students will be re-inforced that their ideas and beliefs are valued and respected and that their work, efforts, talents, and abilities are acknowledged and commended on a daily basis. Students will know that the teacher believes they can learn, that they are talented, and intelligent.

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