November 2, 2018

In our newest post, Huntingtown High teacher Jaime Pieretti shares how he uses multiple means of action and expression to engage students in rigorous thinking. 

Jaime explains that “as part of our exploration of the Gilded Age, students are asked to answer the question...

March 24, 2017

We love student inquiry, right?   

Question #1:  Why do I have to write this essay? This is stupid. I'm going to be a plumber, so why do I have to read?

As a 10th grade Standard English teacher, it is not new for me to encounter students who don't want to engage in...

March 1, 2017

  Recently, I worked with a team of teachers who wished to explore the UDL Guidelines, a worthwhile endeavor, for sure.  Like myself, they got lost in all of the ideas and suggestions that the Guidelines offered.  They needed grounding to keep them on a productive path...

April 18, 2016

  Marc Pirner, a Social Studies teacher at Patuxent High School, discusses his staff's method of sharing UDL-based classroom ideas.

 

Striving for Perfection

Just as in any field, educators are continuously working to perfect their craft. However, with teaching, the stake...

January 28, 2016

I sat down earlier this week with the specific task and goal of writing a brief paragraph or so about UDL in the classroom.  Truthfully, I had over a dozen ideas jotted on a note page – ideas that described my own experiences with UDL and its application in the classro...

January 11, 2016

  Graphic organizers are a critical pre-writing and brainstorming technique that crosses over all content areas, however, many educators are still using the same set of organizers that are pre-made.  Just like students who are diverse learners, not all graphic organize...

December 26, 2015

The Myth of Learning Styles

By Peter DeWitt , EDWEEK

 

To be honest, I flirted with the idea of not writing this blog. What's the old saying? "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt." The reality is that I spent years thinking...

November 9, 2015

  Daniel Wilson, director of Project Zero, is known to say, “learning is not about transmission but transformation.”  Transmission: the act of moving a thing from one place to another.  This works when we send an email or order a pizza to be delivered.  But it doesn’t...

October 3, 2015

The article below is taken from the UDL Journal.  It's too important pass up...

 

Imagine that you are a teacher in a large urban school with a large and persistent racial achievement gap.  A number of strategies to close that achievement gap come to mind—providing exten...

September 27, 2015

We all have students in our classes who struggle to express their thoughts, ideas, and responses in writing.  Consider the frustration and embarrassment of the student.  Imagine how it must feel each time writing is assigned.  What kinds of attitudes about school, lear...

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