Thursday, August 6, 2015

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

The Hornby Cluster is very fortunate to be working with the Manaiakalani Outreach Programme (MOP). Each week Mark Maddren our MOP facilitator spends 4 hours at school with staff supporting them implement Learn Create Share. Yesterday Mark ran a Toolkit session at Hornby High for all members of the cluster (HNLC) on UDL. This was a relatively new concept to staff, but the philosophy that underpins UDL certainly wasn't.
Classrooms today have learners with very diverse backgrounds, experience and prior knowledge. Our challenge is to meet the needs of ALL our learners. How then to reduce barriers and maximise learning for all of our learners?
The UDL framework works for everyone and has 3 main principles:
1. provide multiple means of representation to present content; multiple media such bas text, graphics, video, ...
2. provide multiple means of actions and expression; options for expressing what they know and choices how to present material. For example, role play, drama, create a video or poster, ...
3. provide multiple means of engagement; offer options and keep their interests.

The UDL framework supports Learn Create Share and staff will be developing their understanding further and implementing curriculum and learning experiences that engage, motivate and meet the needs of all learners at Hornby Primary School. 
I would like to acknowledge the Manaiakalani Education Trust (MET) for their support of the Hornby Cluster as we implement Learn Create Share. Your support is making a significant difference to teaching and learning in the HNLC.

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