what is universal design for learning

Universal Design for Learning: Principles and Examples for 2019

When something is universal, it applies to everyone. So, when hearing the term universal design for learning (or UDL), it makes sense to imagine it as a blanket format that covers all students.

But is that really what UDL is all about?

In this guide, you’re going to learn that universal design for learning is focused on flexibility and adaptability to different types of students.

But that’s not all.

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How to Multiply Fractions (+ 7 Engaging Activities)

Congratulations! You’ve succeeded in teaching multiplication (in six easy steps). But now it’s time to introduce your students to multiplying fractions.

Deep breaths.

Teachers and students alike might argue this concept is more daunting than leaping from subtraction and addition to multiplication.

Fortunately, strategies exist that should make learning how to multiply fractions much easier to grasp — and we’ve compiled them for you in a clear-cut guide.

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How to Divide Fractions in 3 Easy Steps

Teaching your students how to divide fractions can be just as simple as teaching multiplication — once you know all of the little tricks to get the right answer.

When you teach division, you want to make sure your students can not only solve a problem, but that they also understand what is happening in each question.

Confused on precisely how to divide fractions? So were we. That’s why we looked into the best tools and easiest ways to make sure your class understands key concepts. You’ll be fully equipped to teach your students all kinds of fraction division questions with ease!

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20 Math Puzzles to Engage Your Students

It’s time for math class, and your students are bored.

It might sound harsh, but it’s true — only about half of students report being engaged at school, and engagement levels only drop as students get older.

Math puzzles are one of the best — and oldest — ways to encourage student engagement. Brainteasers, logic puzzles and math riddles give students challenges that encourage problem-solving and logical thinking. They can be used in classroom gamification, and to inspire students to tackle problems they might have previously seen as too difficult.

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4 Reciprocal Teaching Strategies To Use

As a teacher, you know how difficult it can be to personalize learning to keep students interested in school subjects — especially when students don’t understand the subject matter. Reciprocal teaching strategies have been shown to increase student reading comprehension and improve overall literacy.

Reciprocal teaching not only helps with learning, but it also gets kids excited to participate in a lesson.

While this sounds amazing, what exactly is this strategy — and how do you introduce it to your classroom?

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5 Easy Steps for Gamification in Education

Let’s assume you already know the “whys” behind gamification in education: why it works, why it’s backed by research, and why so many teachers love it.

Now, let’s focus on the next step: how to gamify your classroom.

While there are a range of different methods and opinions on the best ways to do it, we’ve performed the research and broken down five actionable steps to gamify education. 

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