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UDL and Differentiation

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jennifer bowerson

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Transcript of UDL and Differentiation

Meeting students at their current level of readiness
Differences in culture, socioeconomic status, and family structure can have a strong affect on a child's level of learning readiness.
Children master different skills at different ages
Explore their learning environment and tap into the readiness skills they have developed
Teaching strategies must focus on students and their differences and cater to their specific needs.(Grove, 2012, para.3).
Planning instruction around individual needs
Students' individual needs can vary greatly within the same general education classroom, and part of this is due to the inclusion of more students with disabilities within the general education classroom.

Teachers must also allow a variety of assignments, or ways for students to demonstrate knowledge.
Presenting New Information
Flexible grouping
Tiered Lessons
Give students options of ways of learning, presenting information learned.
Information can be used in the form of discussion, audio files, video, Smartboard, question/answers.
: What the students learn
: Activities used to assist the learning
: Demonstration of learning
The methods you use should be based on the student's needs:
: Student’s academic standing
Learning profile
: How the student learns

Student Interest
(Williams, 2014).
How students will demonstrate their prior background knowledge
Concept maps
Entrance slip with a question related to the lesson
Group Discussion
Student Surveys
Ask question: what do they already know, experience, have they heard of the topic or lesson. "To help students activate prior knowledge, use texts that contain familiar content" (Clewel, 2014., para.5).
Strategies to engage and motivate students
Let students know that we as teachers will be there for them and accessible to talk about related topics and so forth.
Communicate expectations."Consistency in how you grade, reward or discipline students can do much in motivating students to their best in class"(Mia, 2014).
Safe environment
Be enthusiastic
Incorporate real life experiences into the classroom.
Clewell, S. (2014).
Activating Prior Knowledge
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Grove, A. (2012).
Teacher's Guide to Learning Readiness in the Classroom
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Mia. (2014).
27 Strategies to Help Motivate Students in The Classroom
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Williams, K. (2014).
8 Lessons Learned on Differentiation Instruction
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UDL and Differentiation
Jennifer Bowerson
EDU 673 Week 4 Discussion
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