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With Universal Design for Learning (UDL) there are three guiding principles...multiple means of representation (how you present and provide information), multiple means of action & expression (how they tell you what they know), and multiple means of engagement (how you engage them). The following link provides a wealth of information regarding ways to ensure students are provided a myriad of opportunities to demonstrate what they know in a way supported by individual strengths. This also means that every student may not be demonstrating their knowledge in the same way...a facet which makes teachers uncomfortable at times.

Please, share how UDL is used in your work environment.

What are different ways students can demonstrate knowledge within the same assignment?

How do teachers provide those multiple means of expression?

http://www.udlcenter.org/aboutudl/udlguidelines/principle3

Collaboration among teachers can be wonderful as individuals step out of their individual boxes and create new ones...but it can also be extremely challenging if there are hidden agendas and differing perspectives blocking communication.

Education Week Teacher produced an article entitled "Six Keys to Successful Collaboration" (by Braden Welborne, 2011) addressing ways to ensure success.

These keys included:
1) Clarity of Purpose,
2) Individual Committment,
3) Time,
4) Understanding how to Communicate and Collaborate,
5) Supportive Administrators, and
6) Freedom to Explore.

The article also emphasized the use of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) which are being used in many districts to support collaboration among teacher as well.

Your opinion and insight you might have on collaboration.

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With Universal Design for Learning (UDL) there are three guiding principles...multiple means of representation (how you present and provide information), multiple means of action & expression (how they tell you what they know), and multiple means of engagement (how you engage them). The following link provides a wealth of information regarding ways to ensure students are provided a myriad of opportunities to demonstrate what they know in a way supported by individual strengths. This also means that every student may not be demonstrating their knowledge in the same way...a facet which makes teachers uncomfortable at times.

Please, share how UDL is used in your work environment.
What are different ways students can demonstrate knowledge within the same assignment?
How do teachers provide those multiple means of expression?

A universal design for learning helps in my work environment in many ways. It helps me to recognize that not all students learn in the same way and not everyone has one kind of intelligence that fits into one specific style of teaching. Therefore, I know that I must accommodate the many ways of learning by: ...

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Universal Design for Learning: Key Questions

Create your own working definition of Universal Design for Learning. For example, what is UDL and what does it mean to you?

How do principles of Universal Design for Learning support this definition of Active Learning: Active learning takes place when the student is interacting with the material orally, tactically and or cognitively.

Describe at least 3 concrete examples of UDL activities and strategies you could use to support the lesson plan you created for this course.

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