Research-Based Practical Strategies for Every Teacher In an age of information overload, do you ever wish you could find one resource that would allow you to quickly gain insight into a variety of cutting-edge practices in elementary education? You’re holding it at your fingertips. What Really Works in Elementary Education compiles the advice of experts who not only understand the research behind certain educational practices, but also have experience working in elementary classrooms. Each user-friendly chapter, focused on a topic vital to elementary educators, presents information in a straightforward way to help you learn what works – and what does not work – with students today. Whether you’re a new educator, or just seeking to build new skills, you’ll benefit from • Insight into a handful of innovative topics in instruction; including using technology, UDL, co-teaching, and assessment • Novel approaches to classroom management and strategies to engage students • Chapters focused on effective methods for teaching within content areas • Practical tips for reaching all learners; including ELLs, students with autism, and gifted students • Useful reproducibles and resources for every topic area Never before has so much valuable information been presented so simply and effectively in one resource. Are you ready to focus on what works best?

Unique Universal Design for Learning

Unique Universal Design for Learning
Tamarah M. AshtonCalifornia State University, Northridge

What Really Works in UDL in the Elementary Classroom

Adopting the UDL Frame-of-Mind

Walk into any elementary classroom in the country and what do you see? Different genders, different colors, different heights, different abilities, different clothes, and different, well, everything. Elementary school teachers today are working with the most diverse set of students our country has ever experienced (National Center for Education Statistics, 2009). These are exciting educational times. As a citizenry, we have made the choice to teach everyone—no matter what (e.g., Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, 2004). Diversity, of course, includes not just ethnicity.

Consider all the students with disabilities who are now included in general education classrooms; they have ...

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