Two squirrels inspire 10 UDL tips for teachers.
10 UDL-inspired tips for teachers
- Create tasks/opportunities that enable everyone to demonstrate their understanding and ability through multiple pathways.
- Offer a range of options for expression: including text, images, voice, video, animation, performance or a combination.
- Ensure that the “means” of showing understanding is not a barrier to success.
- If the “means” are a barrier for some, make supports available to everyone at the outset, e.g encourage the use of text-to-speech tools to support reading and writing.
- Use multimedia materials and multi-sensory approaches rather than print-only or talk-only options.
- Offer digital rather than hard copy formats that can be adjusted to match needs and preferences (e.g make text bigger, change the colour).
- Build in explicit connections to prior knowledge, big ideas, and patterns and reinforce using mind maps, graphic organisers, multi-media and multi-sensory resources.
- Offer a range of supports alongside tasks to all students such as links to visual dictionaries, word definitions, highlighting tools, glossaries, graphic organisers and text-to-speech tools.
- Make instructions, demonstrations, or key content rewindable and accessible 24/7.
- Have faith in the student’s ability to learn 🙂