Chapter 8: Flexible Instructional Design
Create Accessible Classrooms and Remove Barriers to Learning
Have you ever purchased an "all access" pass? The one that get's you into every ride and event? You may not go on the extreme roller coaster, but you could if you wanted to. That's how we envision an "all access classroom" but rather than rides and events, learners can get into every resource and learning event.
Our classrooms are often dominated by print. Removing this big barrier to access to learning is an important first step in creating a UDL classroom. It sends a message that there are all kinds of learners and all kinds of ways to learn. That one method or medium isn't better than the other. Limiting your classroom to "text only" is like limiting some of your students to the "kiddie rides".
Engaging students in the process of finding, making and sharing accessible resources and tools is one way to bring them into creating a UDL classroom with you. They'll recognize and live inclusion as you work together to create an all access pass.
Pause and Reflect
We've compiled the pause and reflect questions from the book into a Google Doc.
Feel free to make a copy and work inside the document, or record your thoughts using another form of media.
Now, it's one thing when our technology does not allow us to do anything other than average. But it is a whole other thing when the technology changes and we can do more, but we don't realize it. That's where we are today. In the last few years, education, just like the rest of society, has gone digital. If you don't believe me, just consider this fact: U.S. public schools are one of the largest buyers of iPads in the world. Right? So, the question isn't do you want the technology? It's already here. You've already paid for it. The question is: what do you want it to be?
Flexible Instructional Design
Inclusive Educator: [Your Name]
We want to feature you in this space!
We hope you will share your learning with us. This might be your reflections, aha moments, or examples of “before and after” physical classroom changes. How and what you share is up to you.
Go to Next Steps to learn how you can quickly share with us. We know teachers rarely "toot their own horn" so let us do that for you! You'll inspire other teachers just like you and move UDL beyond your classroom.