Skilling the Willing

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a process to plan your lessons so that all students can access the lesson – from the most disabled to the most gifted and across different learning styles.

Streamed classes are a thing of the past – for very good research-backed reasons.   However this means that every classroom will reflect the normal curve, with some students two or more years ahead of the average and others similarly behind.  Students with a disability highlight this reality, but it is not new.  It means that it is not possible to teach to the middle as large numbers of students above and below the average will not be engaged.

In terms of inclusion, if you are not included in the same academic lesson as your peers, you are not really included.  A person with a significant intellectual impairment has to be included in the year 10 atomic physics lesson, and the gifted student has to be challenged and stretched in the same lesson.

This workshop will demonstrate how this can be done, and give teachers opportunities to work on their own examples.  Teachers often find this workshop inspiring as it can redesign the way that they structure their teaching and capture the interest of students who previously would remain unengaged.

(Half or one day workshop.  Involves practical work around developing lesson plans and teaching strategies to ensure that individual lessons cater for a range of abilities and learning styles).