Date
25 August 2019

Match teaching methods to student preferences

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Planning using UDL in primary settings’

Flexibility and choice is highly valued

Flexibility and choice is highly valued

Students share why having ownership over learning pathways supports their motivation and engagement in learning.

Use multiple approaches

Use multiple approaches

Consider learner variability from the outset.
  • social and collaborative learning
  • student-directed/teacher-directed learning
  • independent learning
  • project work
  • direct instruction.

Communicate in multiple ways

Communicate in multiple ways

Support talking with multiple representations: for example, manipulatives, visuals, video.

Know your learners

Know your learners

Allow knowledge of learnings to drive design decisions.

To plan learning experiences that will give all students opportunities to make connections to new concepts, teachers need to understand what each student brings to their learning.

This involves gathering and analysing a wide range of data – not just about achievement but also information derived from observations of learners and conversations with them and with their peers, families, and whānau

Source: NZ Curriculum update: The principle of high expectations (opens in a new tab/window)

Reflection questions

Reflection questions

Reflect on the following statements, then ask students to share their perspectives.

  • How do I create opportunities for students to connect learning to their culture, interests and things that matter to them?
  • How do I activate background knowledge and drawn attention to critical features in varied and flexible ways?
  • How do I ensure students have the supports, options, and challenges they need to demonstrate their understanding in ways that work for them?
  • How can I increase opportunities for students to use their first languages in learning?
  • In what ways could I provide students access to learning if they are absent from class?
  • How do I offer multiple opportunities for students to learn from and with others?

Source: Adapted from CAST UDL curriculum self-check (opens in a new tab/window)

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

Ask your students how you can become a better teacher

Publisher: CORE Education

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Website

Knowing my learners (Linda Ojala)

Publisher: Virtual Learning Network

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Website

Student profiles

Publisher: British Columbia Ministry of Education

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Design considerations in primary settings”:

Return to the guide “Universal Design for Learning”

Guide to Index of the guide: Universal Design for Learning

Strategies for action:

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