Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Teaching Every Student

One of many resources focusing on the Universal Design for Learning is Teaching Every Student.  This resources provides a textbook Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age: Universal Design For Learning, which provides detailed information on how to teach every student in your classroom and making the most out of your instruction.  UDL helps to increase the most learning opportunities by your students.  This website provides information into changing the methods and materials being used everyday along with the lesson plan writing.   Technology has changed drastically over the years, especially the use of technology in the classroom, which offers many opportunities to teaching students with disabilities. 

  Teachers need to understand how the brain works, and the different approaches there are to teaching information.  To support diverse learners a teacher can provide multiple examples, highlight important critical features, provide multiple formats, and support the background context.  This resource is excellent in the information provided, for new teachers and veteran teachers.  The website provides strategies to incorporate UDL in lesson planning and in the classroom.  The Book Builder section of the website which provides digital books for students to read and listen to.  

As a new teacher I have realized the importance of modeling and guided practice in a lesson and this chapter reinforces the idea of providing multiple examples.  The more examples the teacher is able to incorporate into the modeling portion of the lesson the more opportunities students are exposed to what they are expected to complete.  The textbook provided on the website is definitely a resource that I found valuable and will refer to when taking into account my students learning and the materials and methods I am using to reach all my students in the classroom.  



  1. Elyse, I love how you mentioned how you've recently realized the importance of modeling, as well as the importance of guided practice. I really agree with what you said about modeling, "The more examples the teacher is able to incorporate into the modeling portion of the lesson the more opportunities students are exposed to what they are expected to complete." It seems like the more students are able to see something done correctly or effectively, the more likely they are to be able to apply the material themselves and experience success. Great post!

  2. Elyse, I agree that providing examples and modeling are extremely important when teaching. I like it when my students ask for more examples because I know they are engaged, and willing to understand the concept. The graph you provided really explains how to support all learning types.

  3. Yes I agree that when students begin to ask for more examples or ways to show something they sound interested and engaged in what you are teaching. Providing multiple examples can help multiple learners and provide multiple viewpoints especially when it comes to math. If the content allows to show multiple ways to reach a goal I think it is important to show them each way and teach that there are multiple ways to reach the same goal.

  4. I think is very important for the teachers to understand how the brain works. It allows us to understand how students develop. Many students have trouble when you do not provide multiple examples. I know I had that problem, it has definitely helped me today as a teacher to provide examples to my students so they understand what the concept of the lesson is. You did a great job explaining the book listed.