I want to share a little visual that has been floating around in Sanger that has been super helpful with getting teachers to think differently about their representation of concepts.
When establishing a concept. Make it concrete! We all know the things we most remember is the stuff we can hold, feel, and manipulate. For concepts that can't be held, find the real world connections or experiences that concept defines.
Make the concept visual. After students have experienced a concept physically, let them experience it visually through pictures and videos. Just like the picture of the apple above, we all know that isn't a real apple, we understand that it represents an apple and can be used in place of an apple when we need people to connect to the concept of an apple.
Pictures/Visuals with embedded Text & Symbols:
Use the visual representations with embedded text to support understanding of a concept. We can now see the relationship between the word and the concept. Think infographics!
Finally we need to get to a point with concepts we are representing where students can simply see a symbol or world and understand the complete continuum of the concept that the world or symbol represents.
Important Questions to ask when Representing stuff
This year is moving quickly! In preparation for more and more Universal Design for Learning in the district, we are offering UDL Build Parties once a month from here on till the close of the school year. These are meant for ANYONE! Whether your working on decaying functions in integrated 3 at the High School or working on color identification in kindergarten, we will spending time creating universally designed experiences that our kids will learn from and enjoy being a part of!
Mark your calendars for our other UDL Build Parties!
Amy Williams & Zach Smith
District Leads for Universal Design for Learning
Sanger unified school district
Curriculum & Instruction department