Salend, S. J., & Whittaker, C. R. (2017). UDL: A blueprint for learning success. Educational Leadership, 74(7), 59-63. Retrieved from http://libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ehh&AN=122878184&site=ehost-live&scope=site
Universal Design for Learning is one of my favorite topics from my Special Ed Masters Program.
To differentiate instruction for students with a range of learning differences,
-UDL provides multiple means of n Representation (presenting content in a variety of ways);
-Action and expression (varying the ways in which students are encouraged to respond and show their learning);
-Engagement (using a range of practices to heighten student motivation).
those three aspects of lesson design can be utilized for ALL students, and when you have classes coming to the library they are all at a variety of levels. Preparing for that eventuality allows your lessons to be accessible to every student with little to no modification.
The Article a Blue Print for Learning Success discusses how teachers use UDL in the classroom to reach all students in one lesson in a variety of ways. How the extra work planning and building a lesson is worth it in the end, much like an architect. By looking at barriers to success before the lesson you can ensure that the proper supports are built into the lesson before the student sits in your classroom.