THE THREE BLOCK MODEL OF
UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING (UDL)
Inclusive Education & Teaching Diverse Learners
Today’s classrooms reflect the diversity of a global world. This diversity means that students vary in what they already know, what they are ready to learn, the pace at which they are able to proceed through curriculum, and the level of adult support they require for success. Building inclusive learning communities requires that students see school as a place where they belong, are valued, and have something to contribute. The Three Block Model of Universal Design for Learning is an effective approach to classroom management, planning, instruction, and assessment that creates a compassionate learning community from K-12. Developed by Dr. Jennifer Katz, The Three Block Model of UDL has been implemented in elementary and high schools across three provinces, and has been shown to increase student engagement, self-concept, respect for diverse others, prosocial behavior, and teacher satisfaction and self-efficacy.
"Overall I noticed by March the students were more engaged, there were less behaviour issues, students were helping one another without my prompting, and the atmosphere had changed in the room. Students that would not work with certain individuals were spending lunch together, working together and I was definitely spending less time dealing with issues between students."
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