Step Two: Design a Stage One Personalized Learning Environment
In a Stage One PLE, the teacher introduces learner voice and choice.
Knows how the learner learns best
Applies UDL principles to lessons
Redesigns learning environment
Designs assessment strategies
Establishes learning goals with teacher
Creates a personal learning plan
Chooses how to access content
Has a voice expressing knowledge
Selects the way to engage with content
Universal Design for Learning
To begin redesigning the learning environment to support how your learners learn best,
choose four diverse learners from your class and assess their learner qualities. You can
then set up multiple learning zones based on these qualities to provide all of your learners
with choices in how to learn and express what they know and understand.
Here are some suggestions for environmental solutions for specific learner qualities.
Fidgeting and having trouble sitting still
Prefers working on projects
Cannot sequence what is happening in story
Likes to draw with technology
Prefers to work alone and reflect on task
Area to pace or stand with high desks
Tables grouped for collaborative work
Teacher area with interactive whiteboard
Multimedia computers with stylus or tablets
Individual space for private journaling
Kevin McLaughlin, a primary teacher at Old Mill Primary School in Leicestershire, England,
divided his classroom into five zones to enable learners to approach and respond to concepts
on their own terms. This is how he laid out his learning environment.
➊ Discussion and Thinking Zone. Learners participate
in whole-class discussions and talk about their learning.
➋ Discovery Zone.;Learners investigate and solve
problems and collaborate on projects.
➌ Show-Off Zone. Learners write, present, and share
➍ Repeat Level. Learners come here when they need help,
advice, and explanations.
➎ Creation Zone.;Learners write, edit, develop, and refine
their content presentations.