Learning through Games

Games can be a very effective and very engaging method for learning for a wide range of learners but as teachers it is our job to choose wisely. The learning should not be contrived. I was asked recently to evaluate a math game to determine if it would be good for use in our classrooms. I believe the object of the game was to explore a fantasy village (though I was never quite sure what the object actually was…). Occasionally I came upon a road block and had to complete a math challenge in order to continue exploring the village. The math … Continue reading Learning through Games

Temple Grandin: The world needs all kinds of minds

This is a must watch video for all educators. It is ridiculous that our education system tends to want all kids to conform, that we tend to be focused on everyone doing things the same way, that we focus on the individual, that we don’t value “all kinds of minds”. Temple Grandin highlights the value of all kinds of minds to our society. As a society we desperately need schools and teachers that understand this. We know as adults that if we are able to work effectively within a cooperative group we can achieve more than what we would if … Continue reading Temple Grandin: The world needs all kinds of minds

UDL-Sunshine Coast-February 19, 2010

Here is an updated version with some added links for this presentation. All of the links are live so you can view the resources referred to. Sunshine Coast – UDL Keynote View more presentations from astrang. I really enjoyed my time on the Sunshine Coast. What a beautiful place – wishing I had stayed longer… perhaps forever… Hoping to hear more from Sweet Cascadia soon!!  Please add a comment, question, story … below and join the conversation. It is all about collaboration!!

UDL Planning For Inclusion & Differentiation

The break-out session following my Keynote address for the UDL Conference on the Sunshine Coast on February 19th went a completely different direction than I planned based on the interests of the participants. I am loading up the slides I had planned to go through because I think they are still useful and really did not require a presentation to follow their intent. Sunshine Coast – Planning for Inclusion & Differentiation View more presentations from astrang.

Sunshine Coast UDL Presentation

Here are the slides from my UDL Presentation on the Sunshine Coast. The links within the presentation are live – enjoy exploring! UDL Sunshine Coast Presentation View more presentations from astrang. To download the slides as a PDF file go to: http://drop.io/astrang If you have any comments or questions, please add a them as a comment to this post.

North Vancouver – January 6, 2010

Here are the slides from the UDL presentation I did in North Vancouver at Balmoral Jr. Secondary School on January 6th, 2009: UDL Presentation Slides View more presentations from astrang. If you click on the “full screen icon at the bottom of this slide show it will be more readable. The links within the presentation are live – click on them to view the site refered to in the slide. Please post any comments or questions as responses to this blog post. If you would like to download the hand-out for this presentation please go to: http://drop.io/astrang

Horizons 2009 ~ CUE BC Presentation ~ What is UDL?

We had five “learning intentions” for participants in this presentation. To gain an understanding of UDL To understand why it is important that we understand and embrace UDL in our classrooms now as we are eager to meet the needs of increasingly diverse student populations, and as we need to make decisions about the types of technology we purchase and the pedagogy that drives it’s use. That UDL is not about the technology. That UDL is a subtle shift in paradigm that is having a profound impact on learners That creating Universally Designed schools and classrooms is a journey into … Continue reading Horizons 2009 ~ CUE BC Presentation ~ What is UDL?

Anita’s tips, tricks & weblinks.

I have a new blog where I am posting cool stuff I find and information from my presentations for participants. The address for this blog is: http://anitasquicktips.edublogs.org/. This new blog is for practical stuff, I will continue to post my UDL thoughts here… when I have some time…

Back to school advertisements…

Back to school advertisements make me crazy!!! The Staples’ – “Its the most wonderful time of the year” advertisement is running continuously. The picture of those two children dreading school makes me sad. (Wow – the commercial is on again – second time since I started writing this post/rant). I so want school not to be something they dread –  a bitter pill – nobody wants to take it but it is good for you so you must. The father skipping through the store so gleeful about sending the kids off – what are we saying to our kids??? (There … Continue reading Back to school advertisements…

Ableism: My thoughts 1 year later…

Last January I blogged about my reflections following reading: New Directions in Education: Eliminating Ableism in Policy and Practice by Thomas Hehir. The following thoughts stuck with me and guided my practice over the past year. Hehir defines ableism as ” deeply held negative attitudes toward disability that are analogous to racism”. Then I looked up “racism” according to Merriam-Webster racism is: