Many learning barriers are common and can be anticipated in advance.


When I start planning a lesson plan through UDL, I begin to predict the high-probability barriers that my students will face within the lesson. For example, I think about the challenges my students face in a seemingly simple reading assignment. Many of my students struggle with understanding basic vocabulary terms, which makes it difficult to read a text. The physical text could pose problems because students with visual difficulties or mobility issues could have difficulty reading from a handout. When I understand the high-probability barriers that exist, I can design engaging ways to represent content differently and provide students with options for demonstrating knowledge.

Further Reading:

Provide links to further resources on the technique.

Bergman UDL – UDL Lesson Planning with a POP

Cengage – How to Overcome the Biggest Barriers to Student Success

Created by Matt Bergman
Reviewed by Louis Olander

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