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The Faces of UDL-Spring 2015 Program

April 30, 2015: I attended “The Faces of UDL-Spring 2015 Program” at Towson University. Matt Bergman presented on the UDL Framework and its many ways of implementation.

Matt works with students living in poverty at The Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate instructor and course designer of several face-to-face and online courses on Universal Design for Learning. Matt recently worked with the Florida Department of Education to design a five-hour online…

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Added by Chaimelle Walton on June 9, 2015 at 6:08pm — No Comments

UDL Lesson

April 23, 2015: I designed a lesson that incorporated UDL principles. Some activities included (a) students building a visual resume, expressing a character’s objectives/skills, experiences and education/perspectives and (b) converting a worksheet into an interactive wall, requiring students to match quotes from the novel, Esperanza’s Rising, to character traits and the effects on the character. Following is the lesson write-up:

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Added by Chaimelle Walton on June 9, 2015 at 6:07pm — No Comments

Technology Integration

April 16, 2015: My students used iPads to create movie trailers based on “Lincoln’s Killer”, using Movie Maker. The objective of the lesson was “Students will examine connections among events in order to analyze how the series of events develops the central idea over the course of the text.” The skill focus was writing narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective techniques, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences. Students were…

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Added by Chaimelle Walton on June 9, 2015 at 6:07pm — No Comments

UDL PLC Meeting #2

March 4, 2015: Four months after starting UDL PLC activities, I attended our second group meeting. We discussed participants’ progress, answered questions and clarified information in an effort to clear up any confusion. One thing of interest that we discussed was the school’s expectation of co-teaching. Although we were introduced to five different models, several believed that we were expected to engage regularly in “true” co-teaching, team teaching. This is an area that has to be…

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Added by Chaimelle Walton on June 9, 2015 at 6:06pm — No Comments

Technology Integration

March 2, 2015: My students used iPads to independently watch a Brain Pop video and complete research about Cesar Chavez. The objective of the lesson was “Students will analyze informational text in order to make connections and draw conclusions about how the United Farm Workers Union would have impacted Esperanza’s lifestyle.” Students completed a graphic organizer about Cesar Chavez as well as explored resources about the United Farm Workers Union. In addition, they discovered the true…

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Added by Chaimelle Walton on June 9, 2015 at 6:06pm — No Comments

Another Mean of Engagement-Seating

December 2015: It is unacceptable in my class for students to put their heads on the desk. Therefore, after a student does it for the third time, I replace their regular chair with a stool. This is an option for sustaining effort and persistence in addition to promoting expectations. If students cannot put their head on the desk and go to sleep, they are more likely to participate, collaborate and ultimately comprehend the lesson.…

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Added by Chaimelle Walton on June 9, 2015 at 6:05pm — No Comments

Lesson Study

November 21, 2015: I was observed by two colleagues, a special education math teacher as well as the S.T.A.T. Teacher. In addition to observing UDL practices, they were specially looking for classroom management practices that could be used for difficult students. After class, the three of us discussed what was observed. I also answered any questions either of them had in addition to explaining why I had chosen to operate the class in the manner which I did.

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Added by Chaimelle Walton on June 9, 2015 at 5:59pm — No Comments

UDL PLC Yearly Goal

October 28, 2015: Our Pine Grove UDL PLC goal is that we will each successfully facilitate a lesson that integrates iPad technology. 

Added by Chaimelle Walton on June 9, 2015 at 5:58pm — No Comments

June UDL Meeting

I will reflect on the last UDL meeting held at my school.

Added by Kimberly Miller on June 9, 2015 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Small Group Discussions

The use of small group discussions, not teacher led, allows for stronger student engagement.  Also, allows for students to share and learn among their peers.  This is an excellent UDL strategy to use in an inclusion class.  Students who usually actively participate in whole group discussions have an opportunity to listen to their peers who normally do not participate in whole group.  Sometimes group assignments are given to each group, so the actively participant will not dominate the small…

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Added by Kimberly Miller on June 9, 2015 at 2:31pm — No Comments

UDL in the Library

Students working on their science classwork in the library.  Some students choose the tables to work in small groups, others worked in the comfy chairs, one decided to sit in the bean bag chair while another laid on the floor.…

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Added by Kimberly Miller on June 9, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Collaborate a Project

Earlier this year, the general education 7th grade science teacher and I collaborated an end of unit project for the class during the Genetics Unit.  Students developed a Punnett Square and created a family tree of a recessive and dominate genetic trait.  It was the students' choice on which trait they picked.  Some of the ideas were hair color, eye color, height, and right or left hand.  Due to some students only knowing one side of their family, students had the option of using a cartoon…

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Added by Kimberly Miller on June 9, 2015 at 12:40pm — No Comments

Use of iPads

A lesson using Kahoot was planned for the 7th grade inclusion class.  The students used www.kahoot.it.com to review for the upcoming benchmark for the Wave Unit in science.  We used the iPads but the general education teacher also allowed students to use their personal cell phones.  The class love Kahoot and the competition.  It gives students a chance to compete with one another in class by answering quickly.  Because of the competition, the general…

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Added by Kimberly Miller on June 9, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

Uploaded a Lesson on Cast

I uploaded a lesson, Who's Who Among Fossils,  on types of fossils on Cast. 

Added by Kimberly Miller on June 8, 2015 at 2:37pm — No Comments

Ready to Rock Next Year: Book Reports of the Future

Students are using the ipads to work in small groups to make book recommendations.  I will use these reports during our library visits next year, when I will again use the ipads to play a reading recommendations scavenger hunt.

Added by Nicole St. Clair- Stewart on June 6, 2015 at 11:54pm — No Comments

Throwback Thursday and ipads: Is This Really a Poetry Project?

As a review of some of the most difficult concepts of the year, small groups of students are using the ipads to synthesize song lyrics and their own poetry in the form of a music video.

Added by Nicole St. Clair- Stewart on June 6, 2015 at 11:47pm — No Comments

Kahoot It to Flip It: How I Increased Homework Participation by 65%

Yes, flipped classrooms are a great idea.  BUT... they haven't worked for me until the past few weeks.  My students would NOT do their homework.  They needed a proper incentive, and a grade was not enough.  I've been searching for an incentive, and Kahoot! is it!  Once a week, I use Kahoot to flip my instruction. …

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Added by Nicole St. Clair- Stewart on June 6, 2015 at 11:40pm — No Comments

It's a Mindset, Not a Budget: Furnishing A Classroom for Student- Centered Success

Last year, I made a goal that "it would be difficult to tell where the front is to my classroom."  I've rethought this goal several times, and each time it has played out in very fruitful ways.  Reworking my classroom has capitalized on the student- centered mindset at the heart of this goal.  A $50  classroom budget (a special gift from our PTA that teachers at other schools don't get) means I've had to be very thrifty.  I made a video about my most impactful changes that I shared with BCPS…

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Added by Nicole St. Clair- Stewart on June 6, 2015 at 11:28pm — No Comments

An Annual Celebration: The Twelve Days of UDL

To inspire teachers to be mindful of UDL practices within their teaching, I created an annual competition known as "The Twelve Days of UDL."  This year, we tried to celebrate specific practices.  I created a powerpoint  that I used to send  daily inspiration to teachers, and I saved the file on udlexchange.

Added by Nicole St. Clair- Stewart on June 6, 2015 at 11:14pm — No Comments

Providing UDL PD to Teachers Who Know Everything

In our third year as a school learning about UDL, there are some teachers who are weary of PD that requires the to learn or practice more.  To provide PD, I surveyed the faculty as to their comfort level with UDL.  Then, I worked with the group of teachers who felt very comfortable.  I created a presentation to remind and challenge them as they implement UDL, and I've added it as a resource to udl exchange.

Added by Nicole St. Clair- Stewart on June 6, 2015 at 11:05pm — No Comments

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