A middle school teacher is using universal design for learning, and he finds that giving students choices and inspiring them is having important results.
At P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, Jon Mundorf gives his students choices about what a how to read, and motivational quotes from Theodore Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, and Oscar Wilde line the walls of his seventh grade language arts classroom.
“If a room doesn’t feel good, it’s hard to learn in it,” said Mundorf.
Mundorf graduated in 2014 from the University of Florida College of Education with his doctorate. His dissertation was on universal design for learning which he began to explore after a summer institute at Harvard ten years ago.
What is universal design for learning? Briefly, it is an approach which encouraged easily accessible learning environments for all students.