Diversity in the Classroom: UDL Solutions Walden University Dr. Sherry Lambertson December 4, 2010
Diversity in the Classroom• Fixed curriculum unresponsive diversity• Diversity – Cultural – Learning Style – Learning Abilities – Interest
Problems of diverse classroom• Student disengagement in learning• Teacher’s frustration in meeting learners’ needs• Curriculum fixed
UDL Approach• Making instruction accessible to every student for learning• Allow students multiple ways to synthesize and demonstrate learning• Help students access and process instruction in multiple ways• Use technology to provide flexibility that addresses classroom diversities
UDL Three Principles• Provides flexibility in the means of presenting curriculum contents and materials• Provides multiple means of expression and actions of content learning• Provides multiple means of engagement in content learning
UDL Basis• Learning is neurologically based into three neural networks compartmentalized into strategic, recognition and affective network• Multiple pathway exist in brain for learning• Individual differences is created by the choice of preferred pathway for learning• Stimulating the preferred pathway brings about learning in all
UDL and Technology• Technology provides a means of introducing flexibility and multiple representations of learning• Technology allows provision of differentiated instructions to address individual learners need.
UDL Potentials• Engaging every student in learning using multiple approaches, resources and assessments• Meeting each learner at his point of need by individualizing instructions• Helping each learner take advantage and maximize his ability and strength• Meets IDEA provision of educating every child