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Added by maria josé loureiro on July 11, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Critical Pedagogy

There is no better time for teaching critical pedagogy now than using UDL lenses. The premise of the three pirnciples that we have to make the process of knowledge construction accessible to all, also implies that we meet students where they are with engaging and relevant curricula materials to stimulate and sustain their curiosity. 

Added by sarrm@arps.org on May 3, 2011 at 9:46am — No Comments

iPods in our class for 6 weeks

We are going to do a unit on "Who I am as a Learner?" and now we have an opportunity to include ipods. I thought it would be powerful to ask students to 'mindmap' how they learn best. Ask them which tools and processes support their learning (we will do this as a staff team also) and then spend 6 weeks with the ipods and then overlay the technology piece onto their first mindmap.

Our hypothesis is that this process of metacognition and Assessment For Learning (AFL) is at the heart of…


Added by kerry armstrong on March 15, 2011 at 11:35am — No Comments

Personal Learning Network or Personal Lifelong Learning Network (PLLN)

Just heard this term PLN. Do you use it commonly? We are looking at Personalized Learning for the 21st century learner and I love this term that includes network as it adds that all important part of learning - socializing! We need to belong to a network, a community of learners, a team.

How widespread is the use of this term PLN in your area? How do like PLLN?

Added by kerry armstrong on March 15, 2011 at 11:28am — No Comments

Descriptive Feedback

From Dylan Wiliam's work and our work in the NPBS (Network for Performance Based Schools), we incorporate the  six big assessment for learning (AFL) strategies:

  • learning intentions,
  • criteria,
  • peer and self assessment,
  • descriptive feedback,
  • questioning and
  • ownership.


It is also one of the wings of The Propeller Model.


Here is how descriptive feedback worked the other day…


Added by kerry armstrong on March 6, 2011 at 8:53pm — No Comments

UDL in practice...see a video



Our school entered a video and if you go to the website above and search for "Coal Tyee", you will see a video that shows the projects that students did to answer the question: "One Well, One Earth. Water has the power to change everything. What will you do to ensure the well's future?"


Students used multiple means of expression to transform themselves and others.


If you want, you can…


Added by kerry armstrong on March 2, 2011 at 1:07am — No Comments

How can we make engagement more deliberate?

After 25 years of teaching, engagement still seems like a magical happening most of the time. That moment when we help the student connect to learning and they take off independently and succeed with ease. It

is the best part of teaching! That moment when a student says: “Oh I get it! I

can do it, this is easy!” or they say, “Class is over already? That was fast!”

or “I like it how we never do Math, I mean, I know we do Math, but it doesn’t

feeeeel like…


Added by kerry armstrong on February 17, 2011 at 11:08am — No Comments

Assessment for Learning (AFL) and UDL



David Rose spoke in Vancouver BC. In his presentation, he used the metaphor of a GPS to describe learning. The GPS knows the destination and when we take a wrong turn, it recalculates a path. With that metaphor in mind coupled with a series of webcasts from our ministry on the six big ideas of assessment for learning (AFL), my practice changed forever.


At the beginning of each unit of study, I create stop light/green light sheets for…


Added by kerry armstrong on February 15, 2011 at 12:26pm — No Comments

UDL for 2 of my students yesterday

In my Grade 6/7 class this year, I have 7 students with significant learning challenges and they teach me something everyday.


One of my Grade 7 students reads at about a Grade 3 level and any advances that he may make from that will be a challenge for him. Each day he reads little novels and tries to summarize what he has read by using pictures and graphic organizers like double entry journals and character traits sheets. Finally, in February these little novels are wearing…


Added by kerry armstrong on February 12, 2011 at 4:13pm — No Comments

My UDL Journey

My UDL Journey


2004 I joined a small book club organized by my district in partnership with our union, both provincial and local. We read David Rose's book, "Teaching to Diversity". We had to synthesize what we learned and present it. I presented a short slide show that I made on my new MAC computer. I was new to the world of the internet and computers and I knew that to demonstrate one of the most…


Added by kerry armstrong on February 12, 2011 at 3:56pm — No Comments

UDL Contest Maggie Costello

Universal Design for Learning

My name is Maggie Costello and I am currently the lead teacher in a pre-k four year old classroom. I work at Grace Church Little

School. This is my second year teaching.

Universal Design for Learning has changed the way I think as…


Added by maggie costello on December 1, 2010 at 3:57pm — 1 Comment

UDL - Techniques for the Everyday Student

UDL- Techniques for the Everyday Student.ppt

Name: Lisa Musacchio and Jessica Carmer

Institution Affiliation: Towson University

Role in Education: Undergraduate Student

Description: As students, there are many ways we can implement UDL guidelines into our everyday routines that can… Continue

Added by Lisa Musacchio on November 30, 2010 at 3:32pm — No Comments

How to Start, Where to Start the UDL Way

My first thought after training was, how can I reach colleagues and students with all the possibilities of UDL. I decided to start simple, with…


Added by Julie K. Moore on November 30, 2010 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Why UDL is Important to Me

Throughout my education, it has become clear how every individual learns in their own unique way, and as educators it is important for us to embrace these differences using different teaching techniques. Our education system is coming together to create different methods of teaching that can help each individual child no matter what their learning style is.

UDL (Universal Design for Learning) is a program that supports these different teaching methods and enables children to gain the… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Graham on November 25, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

UDL In the Dance Studio

This is an example of me teaching my children’s ballet class at my dance studio. I am teaching my students how to do a simple demi plie, as you can tell by the visual aide that I created. These students range from ages 8-10, so often times it is difficult to hold their attention. I find that a visual example of what to do really helps them stay on task. When I am teaching a new dance…


Added by Kelsey Stenta on November 16, 2010 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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