Sunday, September 8, 2013

Breaking Down the Walls

A Blogger's Insight: 

Review of Curriculum Barriers Tutorial on

As we have been discussing, Universal Design for Learning is all about how to design the curriculum to meet the needs of each student while enhancing and teaching to their strengths.  To do this, the first step a teacher needs to complete is to identify each student's strengths and areas of difficulties.  Once you collect that data, you then need to address the curriculum and start to formulate ideas on how you are able to maximize the students' potential by providing optimal support and resources to students in need while minimizing classroom and curriculum barriers.  The following website, barrierstemplate.cfm, walks viewers through the the appropriate process of achieving this goal.  

This website allows their audience to preview through the steps of analyzing the potential barriers inherent in your planned curriculum materials and methods (  When I first went to the site, I have never before heard of a curriculum barrier and was unsure how to go about creating one.  However, the site is extremely user friendly; explaining each of the steps to creating one and providing example cases and templates which walk you through these same steps to completing one on your own.  There are six different student and three different curriculum scenarios which allow you to mix and match and provide users with more than fifteen opportunities to practice creating one on their own.  Once your have completed a sample trial of the curriculum barriers, you are able to share a copy on the site, receive feedback or print your copy of the template. 

Finally, after users are given ample practice working with a different specified scenario,  they are able to then download a blank template to complete on their own student(s).  The blank template is designed the same way as the examples to minimize chances of error.  Even though users are able to create one based on their own data/students, structured support is still provided during this step which again minimize chance for error and maximize their goal in creating a UDL curriculum barrier for each individual student within a classroom or setting.  With the extra supports and clearly defined steps and descriptions, this site makes creating a UDL environment easy, accessible and adaptable. 

Click the following link.  Here you will find a Barriers and Solution Finder Guide.  Here you can create a user name and it provides you with another step-by-step resource to creating lesson plans that address curriculum barriers and give solutions to creating a UDL curriculum.  It provides readers with potential barriers with instructional materials, teaching methods and practice/application methods and seeks solutions for each. 

Remember: This is just the first major step in developing a universal environment. The next step is to modify, adjust and implement what you have learned.  I want to hear from you... After creating a curriculum barrier template, list one way you can change the method/materials of teaching specified to eliminate the student's curriculum barrier.  Post your response below: 


         Template: UDL Goal Setter: Tools & Activities: Teaching Every Student. (n.d.). CAST: Center for Applied Special Technology. Retrieved September 11, 2013, from  

         Learning Through Listening | Barriers and Solutions Finder. (n.d.). Learning Through Listening | Free Lesson Plans. Retrieved September 11, 2013, from  

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