Many teachers find it difficult to understand how Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles can be planned as part of a lesson utilizing Common Core State Standards.
The solution is simply this: Be intentional in planning.
The benefits to teachers planning with UDL are many. First, of course, their students benefit. By being intentional in the integration of UDL into actual lessons utilizing Common Core State Standards, teachers open the opportunity for all learners to choose multiple means of access to content and differentiation in how they show what they have learned. In addition, through the practice of UDL integration, teachers become more familiar with a variety of UDL principles and what they look like in their own classrooms. Teachers also become more familiar with their students as individuals, their preferred learning styles and modes, and tend to view their students more as unique individual learners. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, by intentionally planning with UDL principles, teachers change their own mindsets about what learning can look like for a variety of students. This change in mindset has the power to propel teachers forward as they seek to differentiate for all learners, the use of technology in the classroom, incorporate intervention as needed, and move toward standards-based grading.
Visit this excellent example of UDL principles embedded into a middle school lesson plan using Common Core State Standards!