#UDLchat: Engage the Brain

UDL Center
Apr 4, 2019 · 2 min read

April 3, 2019
Co-hosts: Barb Gentille Green & Allison Posey

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Watercolor painting of a human brain | Graphic by Cassandra Sell, © CAST 2018

As David Rose, co-founder of CAST — the organization that pioneered the UDL Framework and UDL Guidelines— so eloquently stated, “At its core, teaching is emotional work.” Allison Posey, in her book Engage the Brain: How to Design for Learning That Taps into the Power of Emotion from ASCD, asserts that learning is also emotional work.

Allison joined us as Barb’s guest host for #UDLchat this week, and our questions focused on themes throughout her book:

  • Q1: What do you do to ensure that learners perceive your learning environment and activities in a positive way, setting the emotional foundation for learning to occur?
  • Q2: How do you design, or coach others to design, learning environments to balance moments of attention and moments of self-reflection?
  • Q3: How do you help learners understand brain plasticity and how do you apply it to the design of your instruction?
  • Q4: What are your favorite ways to support learners in managing cognitive load (the amount of energy it takes to complete a task)

Check out the archive to find out how the participants responded:

How do you design learning experiences that tap into the power of emotions? Let us know in the comments or add your voice to the #UDLchat hashtag on Twitter. We’d love to welcome you there!

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The National Center on Universal Design for Learning at CAST. Together we can change the world.

UDL Center

Written by

The National Center on Universal Design for Learning at CAST. Together we can change the world.

UDL Center

The National Center on Universal Design for Learning at CAST. Together we can change the world.

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