Universal Design Approach

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Universal Design and Approaches Reflection
“A universal design for learning (UDL) classroom values learning how to learn with a variety of assessments, collegiality, open-ended activities, multiple learning modes, connection and different teaching styles” (Stanford, B., & Reeves, S., 2009, p. 8). Within these classrooms, students who learn through a variety of different mediums are considered. Curriculum and lesson plans are designed in a way that can contribute to the success of not one but all students. The intention to increase progress and achieve positive student outcomes looks to integrate curriculum and utilize extended timeframes for teaching (Katz, 2013, p. 178). These factors can be beneficial and help reach the needs of all students.
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A commonly used example is with the “think-pair-share” model. As students think of their own answers, discuss their thoughts with a partner, and then share with the collective group it allows them to decrease pressure while increasing risk-taking and confidence (Dolmage, 2015). Further, allowing students to respond to the lesson can enhance engagement while also demonstrating what has been retained. This also displays to the students that the teacher is invested in them through the interactive nature. Developing lessons that allow students to engage and interact with both their peers and their educator will enhance their learning experience. It speaks to the idea that “speaking at” as oppose to “speaking to” someone, whether a child or an adult, can have a significant …show more content…
I believe that every child has the potential to learn, and that should never be squandered away in an environment that does not seek to meet their needs. Each child is unique and individualistic. However, I do not believe a child should ever begin to see their differences as a negative reflection of themselves. Universal design allows for different types of learners to be considered. It allows for all learners to find areas in and ways in which they can be successful. Universal design for learning has exploration for both students and educators. As there are many students with disabilities who spend the majority of their day in a general education classroom, I believe it is important for collaboration and communication to occur among educators. Delivery of content, interaction within the learning environment, and flexibility with work, along with a variety of other factors should be taken into consideration. “Exploration of content in a UDL classroom includes processes of time line manipulations, performances, presentations, technology utilization, demonstrations, and experiments. Manipulatives are used frequently and graphic organizers are a part of every subject. Teachers’ roles in UDL classrooms are facilitators of student learning” (Stanford, B., & Reeves, S., 2009, p. 6). I intend to utilize the universal design for learning as regularly as possible due to the knowledge of diversity

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