UDL Guidelines & Educator Checklist

These are the notes I have incorporated throughout the Cuckoo for Choo Choos Unit to increase UDL instruction, monitoring and assessment.
Provide Multiple Means of Representation:

1. Provide options for perception

1.1 Customize the display of information
All lessons incorporate a variety of ways to display information. The information is taught through a book, real objects and pictures, real train manipulatives, computer software designed for lesson objective.
1.2 Provide alternatives for auditory information

1.3 Provide alternatives for visual information

2. Provide options for language and symbols
Every lesson incorporates real pictures, symbols, gestures/sign language, and AT devices; therefore the information presented is familiar to each child. The children are provided these materials/technology so they can effectively communicate.
2.1 Define vocabulary and symbols
My lessons all relate to previous learning and begin with review of examples and non-examples by using a variety of communication modalities.
2.2 Clarify syntax and structure
Lessons are presented by minimized language and symbols; therefore the information and vocabulary is presented in a clear format.
2.3 Decode text and mathematical notation
  • Text-to-Speech
  • Use automatic voicing with digital mathematical notation (Math ML)
  • Use digital text with an accompanying human voice recording (e.g., Daisy Talking Books)
  • Allow for flexibility and easy access to multiple representations of notation where appropriate (e.g., formulas, word problems, graphs)
2.4 Promote cross-linguistic understanding

2.5 Illustrate key concepts non-linguistically

3. Provide options for comprehension

3.1 Provide or activate background knowledge

3.2 Highlight critical features, big ideas, and relationships
  • Highlight or emphasize key elements graphics
  • Use graphic organizers, picture task analysis, visual schedules
  • Use multiple examples and non-examples to emphasize critical features
  • Use cues and prompts to draw attention to critical features
  • Highlight previously learned skills that can be used to solve unfamiliar problems
3.3 Guide information processing
  • Give explicit prompts for each step in a sequential process
  • Provide options for organizational methods (i.e. two different ways to graph in excel)
  • Provide interactive models that guide exploration and new understandings
  • Introduce graduated scaffolds that support information processing strategies: organization of the wiki moving from eat, serve, make, shop
  • Provide multiple entry points to a lesson and optional pathways through content
  • Remove distractions & Group information together in chunks
3.4 Support memory and transfer

Provide Multiple Means for Action and Expression:
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4. Provide options for physical actions
Lessons include a SmartBoard, itouch, a big mac, and a touch screen: instead of a mouse to access the computer, a smart board with pointers and balls to move objects on the screen.
4.1 Provide varied ways to respond
All lessons incorporate a way which appropriate for each child to respond (i.e. in one lesson the activity is to label the action, but the child who is not currently expressively labeling is able to express the action through demonstration of the movement). Other ways are there is a mouse for computers and touch screens for varying ways for each child to respond.
4.2 Provide varied ways to interact with materials

4.3 Integrate assistive technologies
Lessons include pictures instead of words, pictures with words, manipulatives and signs. These help the children communicate on their individual communicative level.
5. Provide options for expressive skills and fluency
Lessons include high numbers of trials for each child to activate their communication device or expressively say the response. The lesson is taught throughout the week and revisited each day in a variety of ways to build fluency and increase understanding of objectives.
5.1 Allow choices of media for communication
Children can use any of the following devices or objects, along with language to communicate: Picture Boards, PECS, Smart board, etc.
5.2 Provide appropriate tools for composition and problem solving

5.3 Provide ways to scaffold practice and performance

6. Provide options for executive functions

6.1 Guide effective goal setting
Book Builder "share & publish" options for my class made book provides me with feedback from others to who use and view the book. The coaches on Book Builder provide effective goal setting on each child's current level of functioning.
6.2 Support planning and strategy development

6.3 Facilitate managing information and resources

6.4 Enhance capacity for monitoring progress

Provide Multiple Means for Engagement:
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7. Provide options for recruiting interest
All lessons incorporate trains in them which children are motivated by according to each individual child's preference assessment.
7.1 Increase individual choice and autonomy
Extension on many lessons includes choice, and independent completion. One way I do this is allow for choices on children's schedules. The choices are for extension or extra practice on skills learned in different formats.
7.2 Enhance relevance, value, and authenticity

7.3 Reduce threats and distractions
  • Excel charts, calendars, visual schedules, timers and cues to increase the predictability of daily activities and transitions
  • Alerts and previews that can help learners anticipate and prepare for changes in activities, schedules, and novel events
  • Options that can, in contrast to the above, maximize the unexpected, surprising, or novel in highly routine activities
8. Provide options for sustaining effort and persistence

8.1 Heighten salience of goals and objectives

8.2 Vary levels of challenge and support
Lessons within the wiki are developed to meet and exceed the individual needs of students. One lesson may require a particular student to actual perform the task and another student to partially perform. The individual students follow up assessment is assessed according to their current and increasing level of performance.
8.3 Foster collaboration and communication
Many lessons incorporate group activities where children must work in small groups with an adult. Children are then paired through strengths and how they can help other children master their objectives.
8.4 Increase mastery-oriented feedback
Mastery oriented feedback is especially given in the interactive power points, where the interactive game refers back to previous question, until the child responds to the question correctly.
9. Provide options for self-regulation

9.1 Guide personal goal-setting and expectations

9.2 Scaffold coping skills and strategies

9.3 Develop self-assessment and reflection